The Ministry of Defence said this week that it wants the private sector to provide an air-to-air refuelling service for the RAF, in a `ground-breaking’ private finance initiative deal worth up to £9bn over 20 years.
Five consortia are in the running to provide and fund a service to replace the RAF’s 24 VC-10 and nine Tristar flight refuelling tankers, which will leave service in 2007 and 2011 respectively.
The consortia are led by British Aerospace; Brown and Root; the Serco Group with Spectrum Capital; and FRA-Cobham with Thomson-CSF.
Several aircraft are being considered for the future strategic tanker aircraft, including the Airbus A310 and A330, the Boeing 767 and the Boeing DC-10.
Baroness Symons, the Defence procurement minister, said the FSTA project is the MoD’s largest and most innovative PFI proposal to date.
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