Boeing is offering its C-17 Globemaster to India following the country's request for information on strategic lift transport aircraft. The C-17, which is on flying and static display at the AeroIndia show in Bangalore, has been on India's radar for some time.
Boeing briefed the country's air force in October 2007. However, New Delhi had not been expected to place any orders, as it finalised a deal for six Lockheed Martin C-130Js in early 2008.
"We received the RFI in 2008 and have now responded," said Boeing Military Aircraft president Chris Chadwick. "We expect to engage in further discussions with India and believe that a request for proposals would come soon."
The C-17 has been ordered by Australia, Canada, the UK, Qatar and a consortium of NATO members, as well as the USAF.