A clearance certificate from the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will enable AgustaWestland participation in ‘Make In India’ initiative, Economic Times News Daily reported Thursday.
According to the news daily, Indian government has sought views from the investigating agency on whether the blacklisted chopper manufacturer be allowed for the Make In India initiative. This would also be the first step for Agustawestland’s ‘rehabilitation’, the daily says.
Agustawestland was blacklisted amid allegation of bribery in VVIP chopper deal by the previous government.
"We have received MoD's letter and the same is being examined," CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad was quoted as saying by ET. The defense ministry did not respond to ET's queries.
AgustaWestland will be eyeing for choppers in Navy and Army unlike previous VVIP choppers. If cleared, AgustaWestland will be one of many bidders for the deal.
“We are strong supporter of the 'Make in India' initiative" and that "the company is ready to transfer technology to India," ET quoted Agustawestalnd as saying via email.
Senior government officials, who did not want to be quoted, said MoD's communication to CBI happened in the first week of April. Investigators familiar with the matter told ET that CBI is considering whether some executives, not the company as an entity itself, were involved in unethical practices. "No final view has been taken," an investigator said, adding that the money trail was still being investigated and replies to the agency's letters rogatory are still awaited. A letter rogatory is a formal request to a foreign court for information.
Agustawestland's AW139 intermediate twin helicopter delivered to the Chilean national police force has entered the service, the company announced Thursday. The helicopter will be used to support a wide range of missions including public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security across the nation, search and rescue and transport
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland has signed a £580 million contract to provide an availability based support package for the UK MoD's fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2020. UK Defence Minister Philip Dunne said, “Our fleet of Merlin helicopters has benefitted from considerable investment by the MOD through major upgrades in recent years
Weststar General Aviation signed a contract worth $24.2 million for the order of three AgustaWestland helicopters, which includes AW119Kx, AW109 GrandNew and AW169 at LIMA Exhibition 2015
AgustaWestland has expanded transmission testing capabilities at Philadelphia facility, bringing full Maintenance Repair and Overhail (MRO) services for intermediate and tail rotor gearboxes nearer to customers operating in the USA. The multi-model intermediate and tail rotor gearbox test system is the result of design and installation collaboration with RedViking
The Finmeccanica Company has signed a contract valued at approximately €110 million for eleven helicopters with Lease Corporation International (LCI). The agreement concerns a mix of AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters
Fimeccanica-AgustaWestlands new generation AW169 helicopter has been issued with type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Wednesday. The company announced Thursday that it has achieved EASA type certification less than five years after the AW169 programme launch
Agustawestland today has delivered three AW139 intermediate twin aircraft and has signed an order for two additional aircraft with Italian Coast Guard. “The AW139s will be used to perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical services
The Italian Air Force has brought AgustaWestlands multi-mission helicopter, HH-101A Caesar into the service for providing air support to special operations forces. Further, the helicopter will be used by Italian Air force for recovery of personnel, search-and-rescue and, if required, as a slow mover interceptor
Indias Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in Agustawestland VVIP chopper deal has reached an advanced stage, Minister of State for Defense Rao Inderjit Singh said in parliament on Friday. The minister said in a written reply to a question, “The investigation is in advanced stage and during the probe, the central investigative agency has sent Letters Rogatory to Italy, Tunisia, Mauritius in 2013 and UAE, UK, Switzerland, Singapore and British Virgin Islands in 2014
Using drawings supplied as part of technology transfer of the original Bofors gun, the Indian Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) plans it manufacture some 114 pieces of its homemade artillery called ‘Dhanush. The plan is to equip six army batteries with the homemade gun
Indias indigenously designed and manufactured 155mm x 45mm caliber artillery gun, Dhanush has successfully met all technical parameters during the winter and summer trials, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar told at the Parliament today. Informing the Members of Parliament of the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said
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