27 October, 2020

FinMin Fast-Tracked Agusta Purchase

Fin Min chose to reject the purchase of six mid air refuellers was that it was too expensive, close to $2 billion.

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FinMin Fast-Tracked Agusta Purchase
outlookindia.com
2016-05-06T21:05:21+05:30

Not only were bribes paid in the Agusta Westland chopper scam but operational requirements of the Air Force were ignored in favour of choppers to ferry VVIPs. Defence Ministry officials have admitted to Outlook that despite at least three requests from the Air Force for the purchase of mid air refuellers, the Finance Ministry turned it down in 2010. VVIP choppers were a necessity due to the changed security scenario in the country especially as the SPG was pushing for it, the ministry had said while justifying the nod.

The irony is that the grounds that Fin Min chose to reject the purchase of six  mid air refuellers was that it was too expensive, close to $2 billion. A CAG report says that the Agusta Westland 101 choppers, in the eye of a storm now, were bought at six times the cost. The IAF’s refueller squadron was dependent on the outdated IL78 which were on their last legs -- service and spares was hard to come by.

New refuellers were pitched as an operational requirement that would extend flying hours and increase the number of missions that its...

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