|Quoting Lumberton (Reply 25):|
If this report is accurate, this procurement just got a lot more interesting.
NEW DELHI (Dow Jones)--Boeing Co. (BA) said Monday it has received initial requests for information from India's federal government for supplying six refueling tankers, in what is likely to further expand the U.S. aircraft maker's presence in this burgeoning market for defense equipment.
Yes, the Airbus Cheerleader section will be all over this of how the US Government (who has yet to select their own new tanker) has twisted the arms of the Indian Government and IAF to cancel the A-330MRTT and order new Boeing tankers.
I find the second paragraph in the link to be even more interesting than the first one.
"We will do a detailed evaluation of the request for interest from the Indian government, study our inventory, and accordingly inform the government," Vivek Lall, vice president and country head of defense and space and security at Boeing India, told reporters. "
I'm not signing up for another subscription so I don't know what is in the rest of the story.
But, as far as I know, Boeing has a total of 1 tanker in their inventory that they own. That would be the KC
-767A, without engines or Boom but partially converted from a new build B-767-200ER. It was the airplane started as part of the aborted 2002 tanker contract.
Once the "look" at the inventory, which government will they "inform"? US? India?
Could Boeing be talking about buying up 6 USAF KC
-135A/Es parked at AMARC? They could get them and convert them into what the IAF may want. It could also be a direct FMS from the USAF
to the IAF then modified through a Boeing contract?