C-17 Globemaster is the largest transport aircraft of India. On Thursday, Indian Air Force (IAF) landed its massive C-17 Globemaster plane at the advanced landing ground (ALG) at Mechuka in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Mechuka is just 29 KM to China border.
The Spokesperson said, “Such airlift capability facilitates critical requirement of transfer of men and material in this rugged terrain of several adjacent river valleys, interspersed by high mountain ranges that inhibit road connectivity.”
The news that “IAF (Indian Air Force) landed massive C-17 Globemaster plane close to Indo-China border” may be a matter of concern for China. China has been building roads and several other defense construction close to the Indian border for a long time. Indian border close to China has seen no infrastructural development for a long period. Hence, it had become necessary for Indian government to take to secure Indian borderline by taking such actions. For last two years, Indian government has started to pay more attention towards the defense and development of border areas.
The C-17 Globemaster is the largest military transport aircraft acquired by Indian Air Force from US. It was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1980s to the early 1990s. Indian government decided to purchase the C-17 for its Very Heavy Lift Transport Aircraft requirement to replace several types of transport aircraft in June 2009. However, deliveries of C-17 Globemaster plane began in June 2013 and are to continue until 2014. The C-17 Globemaster plane provides strategic airlift and the ability to deploy special forces, such as during national emergencies. C-17 Globemaster planes are operated in diverse terrain – from Himalayan air bases in North India at 13,000 ft (4,000 m) to Indian Ocean bases in South India.