Boeing, Mahindra Defence Systems open C-17 training center for Indian Air Force

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Mahindra Defence Systems have opened a center in Gurgaon to provide C-17 training services to the Indian Air Force (IAF), the company said.

The company said that once fully operational, the new center will be capable of conducting local and multi-site simulations for added realism and training.

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 2014.

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 emergency procedures.

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.

Boeing is helping Indian partners build a strong aerospace industrial base that is globally competitive. The C-17 fleet has been a part of the Indian Air Force strategic airlift capability which has conducted relief and humanitarian missions domestically and internationally.

Mahindra Aerospace & Defence has led the Mahindra Group´s foray into utility aircraft and aerostructure manufacturing since 2008. Its utility aircraft business, based in Australia, currently produces the Airvan 8, certified in more than 30 countries. Mahindra Aerospace is also developing a next-gen 10-seat turboprop, the Airvan 10.

Boeing is a large manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a USD30 billion business with about 50,000 employees worldwide.