Transport fleet requirement

Syllabus: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

Context

The Air Force has sought information from manufacturers on an aircraft with load-carrying capacity between 18 tonnes and 30 tonnes; the study may take six months to finish, says source; so far, the force has received RFI from three companies

In crux

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF), which is looking to procure medium transport aircraft (MTA), is carrying out a comprehensive study to identify the current and future payload-carrying requirements of the force.
  • It has already issued a Request For Information (RFI) to global manufacturers for an aircraft with load-carrying capacity between 18 tonnes and 30 tonnes.
  • The 2020 stand-off with China in eastern Ladakh has changed the nature of airlift and support for the Army required in high-altitude areas, two officials independently stated.

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