The information I have is that the Russian Federation will not be in a position to produce a tanker before 2018. They were also looking to Airbus(probably Boeing as well) for tankers. Their approaches to Airbus have been resisted and after the shooting down of a civil airliner and activities in Syria I dont think anyone will want to be associated with them.
First I'm hearing of any of this. Why would they approach their competitors for help, and why would said competitors help? Also, I'm pretty sure Boeing would be legally barred from doing any military work with them anyway - not entirely certain with Airbus.
Also, the first Il-78M-90A was pretty far along in the build process when I visited Aviastar in December last year.
Here's a photo from the line - http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled ... 0A/2788879
And here's a PS90 engine awaiting installation - http://www.flickr.com/photos/angad84/24428537872/
So I'm not sure what the hiccups might be. The base Il-476 has been built and proven, this is simply a tanker conversion.
Interesting. But are you saying that the Indian - Russian relationship has taken a blow, because Russian are mengeling in the Syrian conflict and the Ukraine conflict / shooting down of the MH17? India had a lot of Russian stuff, so that would have a great impact.
I'm a little confused by this whole train of thought as well. Russia and India are joined at the hip, whether either party likes it or not. We lose half our military overnight if that relationship falls apart.
India has pointedly refused to condemn Russia on Ukraine/Crimea, and has more or less entirely stayed out of the way on Syria.
The A330 base frame need not be brand new, Australia is getting two ex Qantas passenger aircraft converted at the moment.
And are the Australians really getting a better deal to buy these second hand a/c, I thought they weren't that much cheaper then buying new, this was more a move to help Qantas, the same way they helped the Dutch government bought ex-Martinair DC-10's, pure from an operational and financial point of view, not really a smart move, they will be replaced soon.
Not sure even buying used donor aircraft would be much of a saving, certainly wouldn't get the whole programme done at a cost that would be competitive with ca. $38 million per jet for the Ilyushin upgrade.
I dont see the IL-76s being upgraded, these are being replaced by C-17s
No they are not. Where have you heard this? The C-17s are a capability expansion, not 1:1 replacements for the Il-76s. The Il-76 fleet has a LOT of life left in it and the IAF is not in the habit of throwing airframe hours away.
The only hiccup here is India's historically broken procurement system, and the huge gap between a decision and a contract. But now that the MRTT has died a second time, it's a good bet that the Ilyushin upgrade will go through.