Antony orders probe into VVIP chopper deal

Last Updated: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 19:11

New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday
ordered a probe to find out if there was corruption in the Rs
3,500-crore deal to procure 12 helicopters for VVIPs from
European defence firm Agusta Westland.

"Antony today asked Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma
to probe if there was any corruption involved in the
procurement of these 12 AW-101 helicopters from European
company Augusta Westland," Defence Ministry sources told PTI
here.

Agusta Westland is a subsidiary of Italian defence
company Finmeccanica which had edged out Sikorsky’s S-92
Superhawk for the deal.

India signed a contract worth Rs 3,546.17 crore in
February, 2010, to procure 12 of these helicopters, of which
eight would be for VVIP transportation and four for non-VVIP
version.

The new helicopters are being procured to replace the
ageing Russian-made Mi-8 helicopters that are nearing
completion of their life.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 19:11

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