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    Boeing, UAE Announce Order for 6 C-17s

    Boeing: Boeing, United Arab Emirates Announce Order for 6 C-17s


    ST. LOUIS, Jan. 6, 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and Air Defence today announced that the UAE has signed a contract for the acquisition of six Boeing C-17 Globemaster III advanced airlifters. The UAE, which announced in 2009 that it would modernize its airlift capabilities with the C-17, is the second Middle East nation to order the airlifter.

    "The C-17 will give the UAE the ability to perform a variety of humanitarian and strategic lift operations around the world in support of both national and international missions," said Major General Staff Pilot Faris Mohamed Al Mazrouei. "These missions require us to be ready for any contingency at any time and any place, and the C-17 meets our requirements."

    Under the agreement, the UAE will take delivery of four C-17s in 2011 and two in 2012. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

    "Boeing is pleased that the UAE Air Force has selected the C-17 to meet its airlift requirements for the 21st century," said Jean Chamberlin, Boeing vice president, Global Mobility Systems. "The C-17 consistently posts mission capability rates that are among the best in the world, earning it high marks for its industry-leading quality and reliability."

    Boeing will provide support for the UAE C-17s through the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, an agreement under which Boeing is responsible for all C-17 sustainment activities, including material management and depot maintenance support.

    "As a tactical and strategic airlifter, the C-17 is a perfect fit for the requirements of the United Arab Emirates Air Force," said Tommy Dunehew, Boeing Global Mobility Systems vice president of Business Development. "In addition to being able to land and take off on short, unimproved runways, it has the highest mission capability rate of any airlifter."

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    Starlifter:

    We can all read the newspapers. So, what do you think of this development?
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    At that point, I'm trying to figure who won't be buying the C-17.

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    I not sure what to actually think. I am bias in saying I support anyone acquiring C-17's as I work on them everyday and can tell you they are a great aircraft and have proven to be very rugged and reliable.

    What I do know is that I was surprised to see the UAE signed for 6 C-17's. The original plan announced last year was for only 4 aircraft.

    The UAE is in the process modernizing there air force recently taking deliveries of 80 F-16C/D Block 60, 30 Mirage 2000-P fighters, and upgrading all 30 of there Apache helicopters to the longbow configuration. Current orders include 3 Airbus A330 MRTT's, 12 C-130J-30's (to replace or augment the current C-130H fleet) and several other small trainer and helicopter purchases including Saab AWACS aircraft.

    Not real sure what the purpose of the C-17's will be as you never hear of them supporting military operations or military support of humanitarian operations. Maybe they will do like Qatar in paint some of them in civilian colors for use with someone like "Emirates Skycargo"

    The current going rate for C-17's is about $218 million (USD) each. The United States just paid $2.3 billion (USD) for 10 new C-17's that Air force did not even want. There is talk of doing a 1-for-1 replacement of some C-5A's.

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