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India Looks to Lease Tankers

Old 25th Mar 2020, 08:15
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India Looks to Lease Tankers

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...c9wM5KzJP.html

Indian Air Force may lease aerial refuelling tanker craft

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is considering, for the first time, leasing aerial refuelling tanker aircraft to extend the reach of its fighter jets instead of a direct purchase against the backdrop of previous failed attempts to buy new tankers, two officers familiar with the move said on Sunday on condition of anonymity.

The doors to leasing military hardware were opened for the first time last week with the government unveiling a draft policy on arms acquisition that allows the armed forces to go in for leased capability to cut down on costs associated with purchasing weapons and systems.

“The IAF has made two attempts to buy tankers during the last decade-and-a-half. On both occasions, we were close to signing the deal but things fell through because of the high acquisition cost. Leasing is a good option to fill the capability gap,” said one of the officers cited above.....

We are finalising the requirements for the proposed lease of tankers to boost our in-flight refuelling capabilities. We are looking at aspects such as whether we should opt for a wet [the lessor provides crew and maintenance] or dry lease. Leasing will be a better option as our budget is under pressure,” said a second officer.......

American (Boeing KC-46A), Russian (Il-78) and European (A330 MRTT) military contractors were expecting the IAF to float a global tender for more tankers. Israel Aerospace Industries’ Bedek Aviation Group was also looking at participating in the contest with its Boeing 767-200 multi-mission tanker transport—a conversion of the Boeing aircraft by Bedek Aviation.



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Old 25th Mar 2020, 08:19
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So that will only take 5 years to action cp the usual never-ending procurement saga
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In these countries it has nothing to do with the end result.

It's all about the side deals (Commissions/Employment for family members/Consultancy fees).

They always go for new products from the factory - that's a dead giveaway there's a corrupt deal taking place.

They always pay full list price on paper - the difference between the list price and actual price paid is funnelled back to various Politicians brokering these deals.
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They always pay full list price on paper - the difference between the list price and actual price paid is funnelled back to various Politicians brokering these deals.
Ohh so true, try getting anything of value through customs without the requisite "documentation". It would not be sporting, not to try eh?

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Old 25th Mar 2020, 21:53
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That'll be some interesting T & C's.... Though shalt not.....
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T & C's ? - There's them that's written and them that's not. Best one UNDERSTAND's both.

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