Moscow. July 13. Interfax-AVN - Tender for the supply of the Indian Air Force flying tanker ongoing, and participating in the modernized Russian aircraft IL-78 has all chances to win, said the head of military transport division of United Aircraft Corporation (KLA) Victor Livanov.
"We are participating in the tender for the supply of India's six refueller IL-78. While official results of the tender is not announced by the Indian side. All allegations of victory refueller company" Airbus "are more political in nature", - said V. Livanov.
According to him, in the Indian tender involved tanker aircraft, which are proposed on the basis of deeply modernized military transport aircraft Il-76MD symbol Il-476. The chances of winning the Russian aircraft increases that military transport aircraft IL-76 has long been exploited in India.
IL-476 should be virtually a new wing, in the production of which will apply new technologies, new avionics. It will be equipped with new engines Perm PS-90A-76.
For information on that preference for the Indian Air Force tanker aircraft A330 MRTT, produced by the European concern EADS, extended one of the leading Indian newspaper Hindustan Times. With reference to the Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major newspaper reported that all tests of the aircraft at the tender had been completed and soon will be submitted to the Government proposals for the purchase of aircraft A330 MRTT.
The tender for the delivery of six aircraft tankers was declared the Indian side at the end of 2006, envelopes with price proposals were opened in November 2008. The tender involved Boeing (aircraft Boeing-767), Airbus (A330) and KLA (Il-78MD-90).
Under the terms of the tender, the first delivery of the aircraft must be completed within three years from the date of signing the contract.
Experts estimate that the total contract value could reach more than $ 500 million.
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