In a new threat to Pakistan, Indian Air Force seek $2 billion Aircrafts deal

In a new threat to Pakistan, Indian Air Force seek $2 billion Aircrafts deal

NEW DELHI - In a new threat to Pakistan from the eastern borders, Indian Air Force seek $2 billion Aircraft deal to enhance long range strike capabilities.

Indian Air Force has launched $2 billion contract which is expected in November or December for the delivery of six refuelling aircraft.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to issue a formal tender to procure six multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft after it had terminated a $2 billion contract with Airbus Defence and Space in 2017. India issued a request for information to the European corporation Airbus, US-based Boeing and Russia's Ilyushin Aviation Complex last year.

The tender will include a mandatory direct defence offset clause and the ministry will also take into account 30-year life cycle costs, in addition to costs associated with maintenance and spare parts before deciding the winner.

“We plan to seek the Acceptance of Necessity for six new tankers in November-December. It will clear the way for sending request for proposals (RFPs) to foreign military contractors,” an Indian Air Force official was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

The decision in this regard by India's Defence Acquisition Council is expected at some point in October, which will pave the way for a formal tender by end of this year. The Defence Acquisition Council is the defence ministry's highest-level procurement body, Sputnik has reported.