Europe pips Russia in mega mid-air refueling aircraft deal

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  1. KS

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    Europe pips Russia in mega mid-air refueling aircraft deal - The Times of India


    http://defenceforumindia.com/airbus-a330-mrtt-bags-indias-mega-mid-air-refueling-aircraft-deal-1456
     
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    writing is on the wall. India looks at life cycle costs & Russia does not match up.
     
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    "four-engine IL-78 and the two-engine Airbus-330 had passed the extensive field evaluation trials conducted by IAF "

    How much difference will this make. Guru's can you please thorugh some light on the capabilities of the two ignoring the cost factor.
     
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    The Gurus in IAF found both to be equally capable but found the European aircraft cheaper in life cycle costs.
     
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    Agree with that , just curios about the technical comparision.
    The article talk about Airbus but has no info on the russian one

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    The MRTT (multi-role tanker transport), based on the Airbus-330 wide-bodied commercial airliner, can carry 110 tonnes of fuel to "`top-off" several fighters simultaneously through its "aerial refuelling boom system".

    EADS touts its tanker as the fastest one in the business because it can transfer 4,600 litres per minute, greatly reducing the refuelling operation time. The MRTT can also be used as a transport/cargo plane, capable as it is of carrying around 380 passengers or a 45-tonne payload. "
     
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    Also the Airbus plane can be used as a Transporter as well as a tanker.

    Also being based on a successful commercial frame helps it keep the overall life cycle cost down. @ engines v/s 4 engines also helps.

    From the Wiki

     
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    Again from Wiki very informative fuel loads

    The IL-78M is a dedicated tanker and cannot be converted back to the transport role easily. Adding a third freight hold tank increased transferable fuel to 105,720 kg (233,100 lb) and maximum take-off weight (MTOW) to 210,000 kg (460,000 lb), necessitating reinforcement of the wing torsion box.

    The A330 MRTT has a maximum fuel capacity of 111,000 kg (240,000 lb) without the use of additional fuel tanks, which leaves space for the carriage of 45,000 kg (99,000 lb) of additional cargo.

    So we have another advantage for the A 330 MRT, higher capacities and multi role tasking.
     
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    A-330 beats the IL-78 in every parameter except for looking good.
     
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    This happened couple of years ago already but FM shot down the proposal looking at the price tag.

    Hope new FM will look at things differently & approve the purchase order.

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    A-330 MRT can also transfer fuel at the rate of 4500 litres /minute, fastest in its category
     
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