One of Singapore’s key future equipment requirements is still awaiting its outcome, nine months after two potential suppliers submitted final offers for a new-generation fleet of inflight refuelling aircraft.
Rival bids were tabled by Airbus Defence & Space, for its A330 multi-role tanker/transport, and from Boeing, with the 767-derived KC-46A. A decision on the expected six-aircraft deal has been anticipated since late 2013.
Believed to be the frontrunner for the requirement, Airbus is hoping for victory in Singapore, as its most recent A330 tanker order was secured late last decade. Australia, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the United Arab Emirates all now operate the widebody in the converted role, while France and India have each expressed a desire to also acquire the type (below).
Boeing is looking to secure its first international customer for the KC-46A, even before completing the assembly of its first test aircraft. The company is due to deliver its first of 179 production examples being acquired via the US Air Force’s KC-X programme during 2016.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s current tanker fleet includes four Boeing KC-135Rs.
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Source: Flight Daily News