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India will once again announce a tender for the purchase of tanker aircraft

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The Indian Defense Ministry resumes the tender (for the third time) for the purchase of tanker aircraft for its air force, reports dambiev.livejournal.com with a link to the Indian resource Livefist.


India will once again announce a tender for the purchase of tanker aircraft


It is noted that the purchase of air tankers under the Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) program is a priority, along with the acquisition of fighters.

The main bidders are likely to be Airbus A330, Boeing KC-46A Pegasus (Boeing has already held two shows for the Indian Air Force) and Russian IL-78М-90А.

“The Indian Ministry of Defense launched the MRTT tender for the purchase of 6-tanker aircraft in 2006. The main competitors in the tender were actually Russian IL-78 and Airbus A330 MRTT, and after comparative tests of the Indian Air Force at the end of 2009, they announced that A330 was chosen, despite its higher cost. The main arguments in favor of А330 were their high fuel capacity and "performance" compared to the IL-78, as well as the estimated lower operating cost, taking into account the entire planned 40-year life cycle, "the article says.

However, the Ministry of Finance refused to allocate funds to the military, believing their acquisition was “too costly and contributing to the Air Force fleet in the presence of Il-78MKI tankers”.

The tender was restarted in 2010. According to its results in 2012, A330 became the winner again. “But in four years, the Indian side and Airbus failed to agree on the final financial terms of the contract, and the tender was again annulled in 2016,” the resource writes.

A source in the Indian edition added that "in 2016, the Ministry of Defense considered the possibility of purchasing IL-78 tankers in Russia as cheaper in price, despite the higher cost of maintaining them."

At present, the Indian Air Force is operating six Il-78MKI tankers purchased under the contract with Rosoboronexport, which were received in 2003-2006 and are equipped with the 78 squadron in Agra.
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  1. Vard
    Vard 26 January 2018 15: 16
    +1
    Our honestly said ... how much it will cost ... And the French deceived ... and more ... ours is a transporter, and they are based on a passenger plane ... and this means more stringent in operation ...
    1. vlad66
      vlad66 26 January 2018 15: 52
      +7
      The tender was restarted in 2010. According to its results in 2012, the winner again was the A330. “But over four years, the Indian side and Airbus failed to agree on the final financial terms of the contract, and the tender was again canceled in 2016

      It will be so indefinitely, concluded, annulled, in such a way Indians and without refuellers will remain without suppliers, will bring everyone their Wishlist.
    2. Topotun
      Topotun 26 January 2018 16: 52
      +3
      It is strange, like the military equipment of Russia is far from the most expensive in maintenance.
      1. Orionvit
        Orionvit 26 January 2018 17: 25
        +1
        Yes Indians tryndyat. When it was such that our planes were more expensive to operate than western ones. Not only that, the Indians from the armament of their army made a "hodgepodge team" from around the world, they still can not decide. But the question is simple. Indian generals are waiting for who offers the most rollback, Airbus or Boeing.
        1. Topotun
          Topotun 26 January 2018 17: 29
          0
          Well then wow, that would be announced - tender kickbacks .....
    3. Kurare
      Kurare 26 January 2018 18: 33
      +3
      Quote: Vard
      and more ... ours is a transporter, and they are based on a passenger plane ... and this means more stringent in operation ...

      Everything is exactly the exact opposite, since most of the service can be done at Airbus / Boeing civilian service centers. And with spare parts it will be easier.

      A big plus of the IL-78 (especially its new version) is its multifunctionality and unpretentiousness to the runway. But it seems that the Indians did not put it at the forefront.
  2. Muvka
    Muvka 26 January 2018 15: 40
    +1
    Well, if they take IL-78M-90A, then probably it will not be so expensive, because the engines there are very good. Another thing is whether production will be mastered, although 6 cars are a good load for the enterprise. Yes, plus ours also needs to be done ...
  3. prior
    prior 26 January 2018 15: 59
    +4
    Do not bend under the changing "industry",
    better bend under our prices.
  4. Alexey RA
    Alexey RA 26 January 2018 16: 13
    +3
    However, the Ministry of Finance refused to allocate funds to the military, believing their acquisition was “too costly and contributing to the Air Force fleet in the presence of Il-78MKI tankers”.

    Mwa ha ha ... Indians with their collection of aircraft from around the world are concerned about the uniformity of the fleet. laughing Rather, it’s again somewhere in the wrong or not so much given.
    Indian tenders, senseless and merciless ...
  5. APASUS
    APASUS 26 January 2018 16: 25
    0
    Nah, it’s very difficult to deal with Indians. It's time to respect yourself too, otherwise it’s just ridiculous. I imagine their logistics during the military conflict, there ......... I’ll break my leg
    1. Orionvit
      Orionvit 26 January 2018 17: 27
      +1
      Quote: APASUS
      I represent their logistics in times of military conflict, there ......... will break a leg

      The most popular phrase in the Indian army is, "Yes, he has the wrong grenade system." Classics of the genre. laughing
  6. andrewkor
    andrewkor 26 January 2018 16: 49
    +1
    The Tashkent TAPOiCh very much helped out the contract with India in 2003-6!
  7. iliitchitch
    iliitchitch 26 January 2018 16: 55
    +2
    "..about the choice of the A-330, despite its higher cost ..".
    Not "despite", but because of its value. Krishna put me on the edge if they don’t count back in%.
    1. ZVO
      ZVO 28 January 2018 12: 13
      0
      Quote: iliitch
      "..about the choice of the A-330, despite its higher cost ..".
      Not "despite", but because of its value. Krishna put me on the edge if they don’t count back in%.


      A-330MRTT is an excellent multifunctional tanker (and not only).
      And the fact that it is more expensive - it’s much higher in class and functionality than the IL-76/78 ...
      1. Vlad.by
        Vlad.by 2 February 2018 19: 02
        0
        This, sorry. How? A class above? Does it have a higher refueling speed, does the pilot automatically refill the refueling with the refueler, or does the pilot refuel coffee in the process?
        The rods are the same in diameter, the pumping speed is close, the flight speed during refueling is the same ... what is the class?
  8. Maz
    Maz 26 January 2018 17: 03
    +2
    Let the wings and tail be welded to the railway tank and pulled behind the fighter and bomber, like a glider. It will be both cheap and cool. The main thing is then to spread. We got it already, little crooks. They themselves can’t, but they pay a lot. And also an ancient nation, almost chosen and special. I am ashamed of the descendants of those who invented chess.
    1. Orionvit
      Orionvit 26 January 2018 17: 32
      +1
      Quote: Maz
      I am ashamed of the descendants of those who invented chess

      Descendants often disappoint their ancestors. And India’s contribution to the world heritage, to put it mildly, is not very, it is chess, Krishna and Buddha. The last two, for an amateur, and the first one is questionable.
      1. iliitchitch
        iliitchitch 26 January 2018 17: 41
        0
        Quote: Orionvit
        Descendants often disappoint their ancestors. And India’s contribution to the world heritage, to put it mildly, is not very, it is chess, Krishna and Buddha. The last two, for an amateur, and the first one is questionable.

        Kama Sutra still, seem. And give an elephant to a neighbor so that it goes broke.
        1. Orionvit
          Orionvit 26 January 2018 19: 15
          +1
          Quote: iliitch
          Kama Sutra still seem

          Also my property. Normal people, without any Kama Sutra, have fun for themselves, I would say with ingenuity and imagination. And the Indians seem bad with fantasy, so they wrote the Kama Sutra, so as not to forget anything. laughing
    2. iliitchitch
      iliitchitch 26 January 2018 17: 39
      0
      Quote: Maz
      I am ashamed of the descendants of those who invented chess.

      Kama Sutra them under the pillow.
  9. Redfox3k
    Redfox3k 26 January 2018 19: 01
    0
    Once such a dance has gone, then generally refuse to participate in the tender. We would not be disturbed by these tankers themselves. And the Hindus, in the event of a mess, will grab grief from the "grenades of different systems", as Gaddafi grabbed in 1986, whose Soviet air-to-air missiles and French radars.
  10. abc_alex
    abc_alex 26 January 2018 21: 55
    0
    Sometimes it feels like tenders for military products in India have become a bit of a national fun. :) They announce them just to have fun. Or raise your self-esteem ... :)
  11. Achtaba1970
    Achtaba1970 26 January 2018 22: 43
    0
    However, the so-called Arabic numbers that we use now are actually Indian.
    The most important discovery in mathematics is the invention by the Indians of "0" (zero) and, as a consequence, the decimal system of counting
    1. HEATHER
      HEATHER 26 January 2018 23: 12
      0
      And in Russian? Just interesting. Write an article and skinte to the site. I always thought that the tsifir were Arabic. But there are also Roman ones. I exclude Chinese, Scandinavian, well, ours, Russians. This is a whole epitaph that will appear, about the appearance of numbers in the world . hi drinksAbout Indian, not met.
    2. Vlad.by
      Vlad.by 2 February 2018 19: 06
      0
      Excuse me, were you present at the invention? And I will tell you that the Etruscans came up with zero and “Arabic mathematics” in Arkaim. And, FIG prove that it is not so.
  12. HEATHER
    HEATHER 26 January 2018 23: 08
    0
    Everyone is trying to bring down the price. Cunning monkeys! It’s better not to have business with them. More hemorrhoids than good.
  13. Alex20042004
    Alex20042004 27 January 2018 10: 38
    0
    Quote: Topotun
    It is strange, like the military equipment of Russia is far from the most expensive in maintenance.


    Most of all smiled about the cost of service.
    The article is utter nonsense.
    Give the figures, gentlemen! And you will see the result.
  14. Evgeniy667b
    Evgeniy667b 27 January 2018 11: 02
    0
    Again, this fucking India with its stupid Wishlist! And in Russia, salivation has already begun. It is time to finally understand that to communicate with the Indians, do not respect yourself. Or anything for the sake of money? It's disgusting!
  15. Mezzotint
    Mezzotint 28 January 2018 05: 39
    0
    For a couple of years they will think, book trial trips / gas stations and go about their business ... and then they will remember that they do not need planes, but lawn mowers.