India’s Defence Ministry said Sunday that all ongoing tenders for defence equipment won by Italy’s Finmeccanica will be cancelled.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told PTI that the process for blacklisting Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries was already under way, and the Law Ministry had been sent a note. The firm is being investigated for bribery in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal.
“Wherever there is capital procurement of Finmeccanica and their subsidiaries, all Requests for Proposal [RFP] will be closed. I am very clear,” he said.
He clarified that only fresh capital acquisition was being cancelled and the firm would continue to conduct annual maintenance and supply spare parts for defence supplies already acquired.
The government has already withdrawn the RFP for heavyweight torpedoes for Scorpene submarines, which was won by Finmeccanica subsidiary WASS during the UPA regime. The government is now working out the alternatives.
“The blacklisting process has already been moved. If there is a blacklisting for a specific number of years, which will be issued in the order, there will be no transaction by Defence Ministry with that company for capital procurement for that many years,” the Minister said.
He stressed that the Ministry has already put on hold new transactions with the company. “In revenue acquisition, where contracts have already been executed, annual maintenance and import of spare parts will be permitted where it is absolutely essential but with proper certification from concerned authority in order to ensure that platform or equipment remains operational”.
The VVIP chopper scam involving Italian firm AgustaWestland has put a dent on the future projects of the Indian Navy. More than a dozen under-construction warships, including the upcoming sea-borne aircraft carrier and the Scorpene Submarines, were built according to specifications of certain types of weaponry or radars
Rubbishing the previous governments claim that the Anglo-Italian helicopter maker AgustaWestland was blacklisted by the UPA government, the defence ministry said Thursday its the current government that had actually put on hold all procurement and acquisition cases in the pipeline of six companies involved in the VVIP chopper scam. “It is the present Government which through its order dated 03 July 2014, put on hold all procurement / acquisition cases in the pipeline of six companies figuring in the FIR registered by the CBI, namely: M/s Agusta Westland International Ltd
Indias Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested former Air Chief SP Tyagi and two others over alleged irregularities in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal worth 3,700 crores (US $753 million). Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan, and SP Tyagis cousin, Sanjeev Tyagi, alias Julie Tyagi also arrested by CBI in the case
Former UK Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon who was AgustaWestland's international director, has announced his intention to leave the company. In an email to media contacts Monday, Hoon said, “After almost six years of working with AgustaWestland, now is the right time for me to move on to new challenges
Leonardo-Finmeccanica today hit back at the Indian governments move to blacklist the company over the AgustaWestland bribery scandal. "Despite the context of uncertainty, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has over the past few years continued to supply India with the components and services essential to ensuring the operation of platforms and equipment for the countrys armed forces," a statement by the company said
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