India expects to get the first lot of 10 C-17's by 2014, and another 14 hopefully in the next two years. So with a span of 4 years, we will have 24 C-17's. At the same time we will have another 18 IL-76's. That is a formidable lift capability increase of nearly 3-4 times of the current IAF capacity in 4 years. This is a true answer to China, I expect the IL-76's to retire from 2020 towards 2025, I am certain IAF will order at the minimum another 24 C-17's or more. We have just Tripled or Quadrupled our strategic lift capacity bringing the total number of C-17's in the Indian inventory to about 46, I just hope India orders whatever it has to, before the C-17 line closes, not be in the same predicament as the earlier MMRCA situation with regard to Mirage 2000 line
Congrats India Congrats IAF!
Glory to Bharat !