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    My name dosent matter, the comment does!

    Boeing WILL enter the race, bribe its way to the win.
    EADS cries foul, this contract ordeal will drag on just like the USAF Contract deal

    OR

    The A330MRTT Wins, Fair & Square JUST LIKE IT DID in the USAF Tanker Bid.

    Boeing cries foul, complains to the MoD or whoever holds the leash to this tender,
    gets the contract cancelled JUST LIKE IT DID in the USAF Tanker Competition.

    And therefore hello patched-up IL78s for another decade 😉

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    Kunal

    My name…[email protected] 2:23 AM

    With AKA at the helm, what you've predicted is very much possible. After all, haven't we seen it happen in the artillery tender; not once but thrice. And even if it goes through MoD, the FM will be there to throw a spanner in the works, as was done the last time around in this tender.

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  3. 3

    Anonymous

    if the MRTT is chosen will it replace the IL 78 in the IAF or will it just add to the air refueler force in IAF

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  4. 4

    Kunal

    Anon @ 8:52 AM

    It will add to the IL78M fleet. The IL78M fleet is beset with spares n service issues, hence IAF did not exercise the follow-on option for another 6 n went for a fresh tender in which MRTT came out the winner but subsequently the MoF struck it down on being too pricey n over budget.

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    Gautam

    Buying the IL-78 was a misbegotten decision in the first place given its dated airframe and logistical problems. Sadly our MoD can't bring itself to look past the price and penny-pinch at every opportunity on the Armed Forces even as they and their cronies fatten themselves on defence funds with the world's finest VIP vehicles and facilities!

    Good to see the 767 competing. But ideally an aircraft of the IAF's size needs at least 30 tankers, not six. Even the Pakistanis have as many tankers as us!

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    sam

    It makes sense to select Boeing 767. With the P8I, the 767 and the c-17 order, Boeing will be in the driver's (pilot) seat and economies of scale will help us as well.

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