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Singapore Airshow 2018: India leads regional charge for aerial tankers

29th January 2018 - 12:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


Several countries in the Asia-Pacific region are acquiring, or considering the purchase of, air-to-air refuellers, with India releasing an RfI worth more than $2 billion for six tankers on 25 January.

The RfI specifies a twin-engine aircraft to enjoy lower fuel consumption and maintenance costs, plus a two-person flight crew. The six new aircraft will be based at Panagarh in West Bengal in India’s east, while six incumbent Il-78MKI tankers of No. 78 Squadron will remain at their Agra base covering the west side of the subcontinent.

As is typical in Indian procurements, this is the third time the Indian

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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