Military is pleased to confirm that it has been selected by the Government of
India as the preferred bidder to supply its A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker
Transport to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
decision follows a lengthy and thorough selection process including the
completion of extensive flight demonstrations in India by the A330 MRTT during
which the aircraft refuelled multiple types of IAF fighters and operated from
the high-altitude IAF base at Leh.
negotiations will now begin which it is expected will lead to the award of a
final production contract for an envisaged six aircraft in 2013.
Military CEO Domingo Ureña Raso said: “We are grateful for the confidence shown
in our company by the Government of India and the Indian Air Force, and we
appreciate the detailed and fair appraisal of the competing products which they
have conducted. This has been a long and tough competition and we are honoured
to have been selected.
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.”
India´s selection of the A330 MRTT makes it the fifth nation
to commit to the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab
Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 28 aircraft.