The US aerospace Boeing Company is offering to lease KC-46 tanker to the Indian Air Force, which is seeking quotes for mid-air refueling.
Torbjorn Sjogren, VP, International Government & Defence, Boeing Global Services, was quoted “We are in talks with the IAF for KC-46 tanker. There is a requirement for air-to-air refueling and we are working through certain issues. We already lease commercial aircraft to various domestic airlines in India; we understand there is a provision for leasing military platforms in the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP).” in an interview with Financial Express.
India has six Russian Ilyushin-78 tankers inducted in service in 2003. These tankers have now aged and require maintenance and servicing. Last October the IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in a response to a query had said, “Since the plans to acquire tankers has not materialized yet, the IAF is open to leasing these.”