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  1. 1

    Anonymous

    Good! Powered by whose engines?

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  2. 2

    Parthasarathi

    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.

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    Anonymous

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

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  4. 4

    Anonymous

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

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  5. 5

    Anonymous

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

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    Anonymous

    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.

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    Anonymous

    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…

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    Anonymous

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

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  9. 10

    Anonymous

    Its better airbus converts air india planes into tankers.

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  10. 11

    ANITA MAL

    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.

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  11. 12

    Anonymous

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

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  12. 13

    ANITA MAL

    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

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  13. 14

    Anonymous

    Hearing that GE is selected for engines?

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