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While Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is planning to float a global tender to purchase second-hand B-767s from the market, Boeing is planning to offer fully developed new mid-air refuellers based on the same aircraft called KC-46 Pegasus to the Indian Air Force at upcoming Aero India 2023 to be held at Yelahanka Air Force Station.

Boeing is planning to offer Foreign Military Sales (FMS) format for the deal to be concluded between both governments for the purchase of six mid-air refuellers. HAL tied up with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in April to convert used B-767s into mid-air refuellers and delivery the first aircraft by 2025 onwards.

The IAF presently has six Russian IL-78MKI midair refuellers in its fleet and plans to take on lease one A330 MRTT from French Air Force. IAF also has plans to procure six more based on the B-767s.

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