The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon get one Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, which can be used for refuelling fighter jets mid-air, from France for training, a report in the Hindustan Times says.
According to the report, this will be a precursor to a government-to-government deal under which the IAF will lease five more MMRT aircraft from France.
The leasing will be done on government-to-government basis with the IAF already issuing a request for information (RFI) for a single aircraft while a request for proposals route will be used for the additional five refuellers on lease. The issue was discussed during Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria’s visit to France last week.
“With IAF looking towards A330 refuellers for its future, it is only natural that its pilots are trained in advance to handle the aircraft as mid-air refuelling is a precision process with zero margin of error and huge stakes,” said an IAF official.
However, aware of the pressing need for these planes in its flight line, the FAB sought other ways to make this important purchase feasible, especially since the British offer of two Airbus A330 MRTT (KC-2 Voyager) was too attractive in terms of costs.
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