To boost IAF, Defence Ministry looking at French mid-air refuellers


New Delhi, Dec 07: A French proposal to acquire six Airbus 330 multi role transport tanker aircraft on a government to government basis to expand the strike capabilities of the Indian Air Force and purchasing the latest mid-air refuellers is under consideration by the Ministry of Defence. 

The Indian Air Force wanted to get an Airbus 33 MRTT on a wet lease from a British company. However the proposal by France involves selling 5 to 7 year old aircraft to the IAF with a certification of another 30 years of platform life. This would be done at a reduced price. 

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