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IAF prepares for A330 MRTT operations

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by Manmohan Yadav, Nov 15, 2013.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    The Indian Air Force anticipates a contract award to Airbus Military for the A330 MRTT before the end of the financial year, top sources tell SP's. The contract for six A330 MRTT flight refuelling aircraft, fitted with Israeli hose and drogue refuelling systems (as is standard on the Il-78Ms of the IAF) will come as big relief to the IAF, which plans to deploy the new refuellers to the Eastern sector, in Panagarh, West Bengal.

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    Airbus Military CEO Domingo Ureña Raso said at the time, “We are fully committed to the next stage of the negotiations, and ultimately to providing the IAF with what is unquestionably the most advanced tanker/transport aircraft flying and certified today."

    When the MoD signs on the dotted line, India will become the fifth nation to commit to the A330 MRTT following Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 28 aircraft. The IAF is also opening channels with other operators of the platform, including UAE, Australia and the UK as it prepares to welcome the new platform into its fleet.
     
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    I hope they get done soon
     
  3. Himanshu Pandey

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    only 6 for refueling.. why not purchase it more for other requirements too
     
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    I guess 6 is enough for now. The order MAY increase to 12 later.

    Much like C-130J order.
     
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    Don't worry. Even our Navy will order few in coming years as its Fighter fleet grows.:wink:
     
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    thats good... but still we need many more to drop soldiers from father sky to mother earth
     
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    We have C-130Js, IL-76s and C-17s for that. And in future MRTA too.
     
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    not enough .. we need near to hundreds to support our 4 strike corps in the even of war.. and we have just few dozens... and IL-76 is half past its life time so will not be there after few years
     
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    IL-76 isn't going anywhere so soon. They can still be upgraded, they still have life left.
     
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    and what about their operating cost and the runway needed for them... they are not as good as new ones.. you can upgrade them to level.. after that no.. and I thing we purchased americans to replace these russian birds in future.
     
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    Chinese have the same as IL-76. For landing at the NE front, C-17 is the best bet, but IL-76 is still very
    useful for air-drop missions, although it can also land at places and facilitate resupply missions or ferrying
    smaller vehicles like BMP-2.

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    I do not think C-17 is the replacement for IL-76. Both have their own roles and will be serving IAF
    side by side.
     
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    Para drops will not be done by A330 MRTTs, they might transport troops as passangers, from air base to air base, but not in tactical roles, which will be mainly done by medium class aircrafts. With Avro replacements, C130Js for special ops and the MTA as a workhorse, this field will be dealt quiet well, the C17 then would still be available as an addition, so that is not the issue.
    Wrt the A330 MRTT, I also think that 6 is not enough and that MoD should have learned by now, that later follow orders always get more expensive, so ordering more right away and replace the IL 78s (which afaik were used anyway), would be the right choice. I just hope they don't forget to order some with boom refuelling system, to refuel INs P8Is too. IAF must remain in charge of all shore based AWACS and tanker capabilities!



    They don't have different roles, but the same, just that the C17 is more capable to do these roles. Especially at higher altitude areas, where the IL 76 has higher payload limitations, or to transport T90 MBTs, the C17 will have clear advantages. However, it's a very expensive aircraft and is mainly aimed for long range strategic operations, which IAF doesn't really have. That's why A400 class aircrafts would fit much better in addition to the 10 x C17s, to replace the IL 76 fleet. They would be cheaper, but still offers load and range advantages over the medium class aircrafts. It would be great if there would be a smaller conversion of the C17, with a twin engine layout, but without it and the production line going to end next year, the A400 seems to be the best choice.
     
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    [MENTION=6541]Sancho[/MENTION]

    You mean like an up-scaled MTA?
     
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    para drop of soldiers should be done with special purpose aircraft like C130,A400 And Probably MRTA. They can fly low(to reduce the drop time) and sustain the ground attack
    C17 will be flying very high and dropping para troops from it will be pron to ground firing may end up all soldiers got killed in air itself.

    A330 MRTTs, i guess won't survive any ground attack, their roll is to perform refueling in altitude.
     
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    Sorry, not sure what you are refering too.
     
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