Indian Air Force (IAF) has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for a Wet lease of one Flight Refueling Aircraft for 3 years that can be further extended for another 3 years. IAF is interested in a “wet lease” of one A-330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft for training purposes.

The leased Flight Refueling Aircraft would be operated by the IAF but will be maintained by the lesser. French Air Force has offered its A-330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) and the same aircraft also has been offered by the British-based Airtanker company that offers wet-, dry-, or “damp”-leasing to both civil and military operators.

The IAF currently operates six Russian-made Ilyushin Il-78 tankers that were acquired in 2003–04 but many face maintenance and serviceability issues, as well as a spares shortage.

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