Monday, January 07, 2013

It's Official: Airbus Wins Indian Tanker Competition


We've known about this since November last year, but now it's official. Airbus has beaten out the Russians to win the Indian Air Force's new generation mid-air tanker bid. The Airbus A330 MRTT has been found to be the lowest bidder in a two-horse race against the Ilyushin Il-78M, six of which the IAF already operates. Here's the full official statement from Airbus:

Airbus Military is pleased to confirm that it has been selected by the Government of India as the preferred bidder to supply its A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The decision follows a lengthy and thorough selection process including the completion of extensive flight demonstrations in India by the A330 MRTT during which the aircraft refuelled multiple types of IAF fighters and operated from the high-altitude IAF base at Leh. Detailed negotiations will now begin which it is expected will lead to the award of a final production contract for an envisaged six aircraft in 2013.

Airbus Military CEO Domingo UreƱa Raso said: “We are grateful for the confidence shown in our company by the Government of India and the Indian Air Force, and we appreciate the detailed and fair appraisal of the competing products which they have conducted. This has been a long and tough competition and we are honoured to have been selected. “We are fully committed to the next stage of the negotiations, and ultimately to providing the IAF with what is unquestionably the most advanced tanker/transport aircraft flying and certified today.”

India´s selection of the A330 MRTT makes it the fifth nation to commit to the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 28 aircraft.


14 comments :

Anonymous said...

Good! Powered by whose engines?

Parthasarathi said...

Two sets of spares. Two sets of maintenance staffs. Maintenance cost will definitely increase. IAF. should have considered IL 78 M, considering they are operating the same for last many years.

Anonymous said...

How come Airbus becomes the lowest bidder all of a sudden when the last time they were three times costlier than the russian option????

Anonymous said...

THIS COMPETITION WAS DONE AFTER TAKING THE LIFE-CYCLE COST IN TO ACCOUNT.

Anonymous said...

Good to have airbus with service and spare supply it's nice move from old Russian tech to new one

Anonymous said...

I think Airbus perfected the Russian method of bid low, and harvest later. So IAF is heading for some unexpected costs. But they can get a cue from Jet Airways about operation and maintenance costs from their experience wirh A330s.

Anonymous said...

Il-78/76 is at its... fag end of life cycle... hope a330mrtt serves 40+ years... and again hope airbus... did their calc... right this time... else fin min will throw them out... this time around...

silverlineindia said...

Good work.

Anonymous said...

seems airbus... cool with calcs... as now fin min has... chiddu factor riding over... even cag... ???...

Anonymous said...

Its better airbus converts air india planes into tankers.

ANITA MAL said...

The Indian Air Force has ordered A330 MRTT with Hose and Drogue, the French Air Force has ordered the A330 MRTT with Boom and Hose and Drogue. Why has India not ordered it in both configurations, considering that the C-17 and P-8I will refill with boom method.

Anonymous said...

gonna be a logistics nightmare to operate two different platforms for the same role...should have gone with the IL 78..

ANITA MAL said...

The engines have to be a quick decision...either GE or Rolls ROyce, as both are in the fray. I think it may be Rolls Royce this time

Anonymous said...

Hearing that GE is selected for engines?