November 09, 2009
India buys ten C-17s.
India buys 200 tons of gold.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 9, 2009 07:07 AM
One needs something appropriate for carrying home all that gold, you know.
Interesting because India already has several dozen IL-76s, which it does not appear dissatisfied with; and because operating logistics trains for several aircraft fleets is more expensive than having a single (or at least fewer) aircraft types all doing the same job.
Yes, I'm suspecting this may be more about political symbolism than practicality. I imagine the Russians are not amused.