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IAF to open bids for choppers and tankers

The Indian Air Force  would soon open bids for heavy-lift helicopters and flight fueling tankers and finalise bids for 22 Apache attack choppers, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said Thursday.

‘We are going to very shortly open bids for 15 heavy-lift helicopters and six flight fueling tankers. We are also negotiating for the Apache 22 attack choppers, as the bids have already been opened,’ Browne told reporters on the margins of a defence event.

For the heavy lift helicopters, the Boeing is pitching for the IAF order with its Chinook [CH-47] as a replacement for the Russian Mi-26 choppers. Airbus with its multi-role tanker transport [MRTT] and the Russian IL-76 are in the race for the air-to-air fuelling tankers.
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