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  1. 1

    Kunal

    "The IAF has stipulated that bidders need to have the support of the Ilyushin Design Bureau"

    But the point is, will the Russians give such authorization to some third party?

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  2. 3

    Anonymous

    The Ministry of Finance should sanction adequate funds if the IAF wants to buy the A-330 MRTT's instead of the IL-78 midair refuellers.

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    Anonymous

    Shiv – the IAF's RFI request has Ilyushin's address. Is Ilyushin acting on IAF's behalf soliciting information to maintain the fleet?

    Second point is regarding bidders requiring support of Ilyushin Design Bureau.

    could you clarify what will be Ilyushin Design bureau's role in this RFI? Also, a cursory review of the post reveals that Russia is still very much in the loop (because of above points).

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    Anonymous

    This means our billions $ worth AWACs r also grounded?? What was the need to go for il 76 as an AWACs platform when we knew the type of after sales service the ruskies are going to provide??

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    Anonymous

    This is such a stupid tender – they are looking for help from western companies to support a Russian aircraft, but the bidder requires the blessing from Ilyushin. Does this make any sense?

    Cujo

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  6. 7

    Anonymous

    ilyushin or a smart alec with a business sense and connections with ilyushin , will open a sales office in UK or EU with a EU sounding name and sell the spares to India @100 times the actuals.Simple!!!

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    ?????? ?????? - Indian Citizen

    This should have been taken into account long back…

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    Rahul Devnath

    It's really sad to see almost 50% of IL-76 fleet grounded for want of spares. However 26 years is a good enough period of time for the ILs in IAF. And after the fall of USSR, spares for most of the Soviet era aircrafts are at the mercy of either Russians or other cannibalized aircrafts. But, this not the first time India has looked beyond Russia, there is of Ukraine. There are couple of erstwhile USSR countries, with many IL-76 airframes lying around, sourcing parts should not be difficult, but getting the quality is a different ball game. Best thing would be speed up C-17 acquisition, however a maintenance package would ensure that IAF regain there derelict state IL-76s airframes lying around as well.

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  9. 10

    MPatel

    well IAF can now pay $4 billion for another 10 transports……and oh the cost of spares will increase fast too….from the point of the russians indians are ungrateful lot…they were given cheap planes for almost nothing and they ran to the west…well let them pay the prices…hahaha…the number of planes in IAF will decrease in the next 10 yrs even with increasing budget….and they will have to bow to uncle as well.

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    Anonymous

    India must aim to become fully independent of Russia. Forget 1971 — today is not 1971 — for the next war that India has, Russia will be unreliable.

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    Anonymous

    The Indian AWACS is also based on the IL airframe .. What about that billions of investment .. Is it because of this the reason that the IAF is shopping (again!) for a new AWACS ?

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