India’s US$ 1.4 billion (INR 9,000 crore) project to acquire six Airbus-330 mid-air refueling aircraft or tankers has been put on hold after the government referred the deal to the defense ministry’s vigilance department for clearance.
"The work of the contract negotiations committee (CNC) had been stopped till the vigilance wing ascertains the status of the old cases," Times Of India quoted unnamed source as saying.
The contract with Airbus has been delayed due to the pending inquiries against the European consortium dating back to the mid-1970s. The procurement case was sent to the law ministry for an opinion after a member of parliament wrote to the MoD against it. "But at least one of the CBI cases was found to have been closed due to lack of evidence," said a source.
The mid air refueling tanker would double the strike range of fighters and bombers and would bolster IAF’s strategic reach.
Two-engine Airbus-330 MRTT (multi-role tanker transport) aircraft was selected over the four-engine Russian Ilyushin-78 in January 2013. The finance ministry had baulked at the high price of the European aircraft and sought the defence ministry to seek buyers afresh.
A new RFP was released in September 2010. The budget was increased to $2 billion and included lifecycle costs in the price arguing that the Airbus plane would work out cheaper in the long term over its Russian competitor if lifecycle costs were to be considered.
Airbus and the Indian MoD are set to sign a contract to procure the multirole tanker transporter (MRTT) aircraft based on the A330 platform. Well informed officials told Defenseworld
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Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract from Qatar for two A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar becomes the seventh nation to select the A330 MRTT following Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 34 aircraft
Singapore has selected Airbus Defence and Space to supply six A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Singapores choice of the A330 MRTT makes it the sixth nation to select the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 28 aircraft, and India which is in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six aircraft
Boeing is likely to compete with its new multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) KC-46A Pegasus alongside Airbus and Russian Ilyushin for the Indian MRTT requirement. India has called off the MRTT contest twice so far
The Indian government has cancelled the much awaited multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft deal worth $1 billion on the grounds of planes high operational cost. "We have [recently] cancelled the MRTT deal with Airbus Defence and Space because platforms are too expensive and not economically viable to operate", an MoD official who declined to be identified told
Airbus will continue with test flight of its A400M military transport despite Britain, Germany, Malaysia and Turkey grounding their aircraft following a crash outside Seville on Saturday, killing four crew members. “Testing would go ahead as planned on Tuesday to demonstrate to our customers, the air forces, that we fully trust this great transport plane and are as committed to the program and the further ramp-up of deliveries and capabilities as ever," Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus was quoted as saying in a letter to Airbus Staff by Reuters
Airbus has informed that it is ready to invest, manufacture in India and to source from India, thereby contributing to the Make in India policy, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said. However, there is no agreement between the Government and the Airbus on this
Airbus DS announced today that it will be presenting Keelback Net, a sensor for combating Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), at the GISEC 2015 information security exhibition at Dubai from 26 to 28 April 2015. It continuously monitors traffic flow therefore ensures early detection and investigation of suspect behaviour on company networks, and in particular “weak signals”, which are stealthy and therefore impossible to spot through classical detection means
Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli Invest Services announced today that the Polish Ministry of Defense has pre-selected H225M Caracal Helicopters. We are fully committed to providing Poland with the best product and support for this long-term strategic program
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