Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari while delivering the 20th Major General Samir Sinha Memorial Lecture on “Transformation of the Indian Air Force: Present Status and the Way Ahead” organized by the New Delhi-based think tank United Service Institution (USI) of India said that IAF plans to procure six Flight refueling aircraft (FRA) and one FRA on wet lease

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed an agreement to transform passenger Boeing 767s into Multi-Mission Tanker Transports (MMTTs). Under this arrangement, six pre-owned B767-300ER aircraft will be converted into MMTT in the next 4 years.

India is also in talks with France to lease one A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) from the French Air Force. IAF’s plans to procure six Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) have been twice rejected due to the high cost of these planes due to which IAF has agreed to procure one on lease for evaluation purposes.

IAF already operates six Russian-origin IL-78 M mid-air refuellers that were first inducted in 2003.

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