Boeing and Mahindra Defence Systems
have opened an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 training center in Gurgaon.
Once fully operational,
the new center will be capable of conducting local and multi-site
simulations for added realism and more robust training.
delighted to partner with Boeing in this venture,” said S. P.
Shukla, group president, Aerospace & Defence Sector, and chairman,
Mahindra Defence Systems. “We have credible expertise in this
specialized area of operations and training and we believe this
joint endeavor will help deliver the objectives of the government
of India and the Indian Air Force of building capabilities
The C-17 training facility, which is located
at the Flight Simulation Technique Centre in Gurgaon, will be a
full-service location offering instruction to aircrews that
operate the 10 C-17 airlifters that Boeing delivered to India in
The center features a complete training solution for
C-17 pilots and loadmasters with advanced simulation, courseware
and computer-based training to practice the complete range of
tasks required for military airlift operations and humanitarian
missions, along with other scenarios such as aerial refueling and
The facility includes weapons systems
and loadmaster station trainers that can be employed individually
or networked together to rehearse complete missions. The
simulator’s flight deck supports training with night vision
goggles for comprehensive mission training.
believes that in the coming future, support to aircraft and crews
will be a critical element of our partnership to support the IAF’s
tactical and operational needs and to create a strong services
infrastructure base in India,” said Tim Noonan, Boeing Vice President of
Training Systems and Government Services. “C-17 operators from the
IAF will benefit immensely from the full motion state-of-the-art
simulator and associated courseware and computer-based training
and provides a real world replication of any possible training
The C-17 fleet has been a vital part of the
Indian Air Force strategic airlift capability which has
successfully conducted relief and humanitarian missions
domestically and internationally.
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