The report about extra costs was in 2017 and were for the new heavily upgraded IL-76-MD-90s built in Russia not Uzbek assembled like earlier Sov era birds.New engines, glass cockpit, extra 10t payload, extra range anf only a 3- man crew.
They cost just $40-45M a pop, 1/3rd. that of an A-330! Why the A-330 was earlief rejected.The anti-Ru lobby has been hard at work as on price they're unbeatable even for extra tankers, where repeatedly western birds were shot down as being more expensive. So in a clever move the specs were changed, like the VVIP helos, to a 2-engined bird only. This ruled out the upgraded IL-78s.
However, using the C-295s as a Netra platform is a good idea as we need increased numbers to cover our vast airspace right from the west coast to Rajasthan, Punjab, Kashmir, Ladakh, HP, U'khand the border with Nepal and the entire N-east. Coastal surveillance and islands another mattrr.
The 2 extra Phalcons must be acquired, 3 preferably with at least a dozen C-295 Netras, all with refuelling capacity.
If reports are true will help imlrove coverage, but being slower than the EMBs be more vulnerable.
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on 03 Dec 2019 19:21, edited 3 times in total.