The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force & Air Defence (UAF) is based in Abu Dhabi.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) (AL IMARAT AL-ARABIYA AL-MUTTAHIDA): POPULATION: 3.5 MILLION. A FEDERATION OF 7 SHEIKDOMS, UNDER BRITISH PROTECTION UNTIL 1971, THE (UAE) HAS ROCKETED IN A GENERATION FROM RURAL AND POOR, TO URBAN AND OIL-RICH. THE MEMBER STATES ARE ABU DHABI, AJMAN, DUBAI, FUJAIRAH, RAS-AL-KHAIMAH, SHARJAH, & UMM-AL-QIWAIN. A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR TOURISTS TO THE ARABIAN PENINSULAR, THE (UAE) IS NOTABLE FOR ITS LARGE POPULATION OF GUEST EX-PATRIOT WORKERS, MANY FROM INDIA AND PAKISTAN, AND ITS GENERALLY PROGRESSIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD WOMEN. THE (UAE) COVERS AN AREA OF 83,600 SQ KM AND ITS CAPITAL CITY IS ABU DHABI. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
June 2011: Boeing [TBC] delivered a second C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force & Air Defence (UAF) at the C-17 program’s final assembly facility in Long Beach, California, USA. (TBC) is contracted to deliver a total of six C-17s to (UAF) — four this year and two in 2012.
The C-17 is the only airplane capable of performing all of the (UAE)’s airlift requirements — strategic and tactical, military and humanitarian, brigade airdrop and aeromedical evacuation — using either standard runways or short, austere airfields. The C-17 can transport large payloads across vast ranges without refueling and operate in extremely hot and cold climates. With a full payload of 170,000 pounds, a C-17 can fly 2,400 nautical miles and land in 3,000 feet or less.
As a member of the worldwide C-17 “virtual fleet,” (UAF)’s C-17s will be supported through Boeing’s C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, a proven multinational Performance-Based Logistics program. Through the virtual fleet concept, C-17 customers receive comprehensive worldwide logistics support (spares, support equipment, Tech Orders, sustaining Engineering, and on-site field teams) through use of shared resources across the entire fleet. This highly successful program ensures high levels of mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers — regardless of fleet size — cost-effective access to an extensive support program.
There are currently 232 C-17s in service worldwide — 22 with international customers. The US Air Force (USF), including active Guard and Reserve units, has 210. Other international customers include the Qatar Amiri Air Force (QAT), the UK Royal Air Force (RRR), the Canadian Department of Defence (DND), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAA), the Indian Air Force (IDF) and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of (NATO) plus the Partnership for Peace nations.
June 2012: Boeing (TBC) delivered the sixth United Arab Emirates (UAE) C-17 Globemaster III to the UAE Air Force (UAF) and Air Defence earlier this month at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach.
The delivery completes an agreement announced on January 6, 2010, for six advanced airlifters to modernize the (UAE)’s transport capabilities. Boeing (TBC) delivered four C-17s to the (UAE) in 2011 and a fifth airplane in May.
“After every delivery, (UAE) C-17s fly into action, conducting humanitarian airlift and disaster-response missions and life-saving aeromedical evacuation,” said Bob Ciesla, Boeing VP, Airlift, & C-17 Program Manager. “We’re proud to deliver another C-17 that strengthens the UAE Air Force (UAF) and Air Defence’s range and ability to perform critical airlift missions around the globe.”
The C-17 is the global airlifter of choice, delivering cargo in every worldwide operation for more than a decade. The C-17′s ability to fly long distances and land in remote airfields in rough, land-locked regions make it a premier transporter for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. With a full payload of 164,900 pounds, a C-17 can fly 2,400 nautical miles and land in 3,000 feet or less on a small unpaved or paved airfield, day or night.
As part of the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) Performance-Based Logistics agreement with the US Air Force, Boeing (TBC) provides after-delivery support to the (UAE) C-17 fleet. The (GISP) provides all C-17 customers an affordable sustainment solution that includes the C-17 “virtual fleet” arrangement where all participants benefit from the economies of scale found in purchasing materials for the entire world wide fleet.
“Through innovative Performance-Based Logistics contracting and partnering with customers, we have provided tailored support solutions, maintaining the highest level of airplane readiness while continuously reducing the cost of ownership,” said Gus Urzua, VP, C-17 (GISP).
Boeing (TBC) has delivered 244 C-17s world wide, including 216 to the US Air Force active duty, Guard and Reserve units. A total of 28 C-17s have been delivered to Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of (NATO) and Partnership for Peace nations. India has 10 C-17s on order for delivery in 2013 and 2014.