Austria is set to file a lawsuit against Airbus of wilful deception and fraud linked to $2.1 billion Eurofighter jets deal in 2003.
A recently completed ministry investigation, to be released on Thursday, found that Airbus and Eurofighter misled Austria with fraudulent intent about the purchase price, APA news agency reported Thursday.
Austria initially ordered 18 of the Eurofighter jets but reduced it to 15 in 2007. It then ordered a review of the purchase four years ago following bribery allegations.
Allegations surfaced almost immediately after the announcement in 2003 that money was pocketed by politicians, civil servants and others via brokers for side deals accompanying the purchase, the agency reported.
The Eurofighter is built by a consortium comprising Europe's largest aerospace group Airbus, British defence giant BAE Systems and Italian group Leonardo.
While offset deals were part of the agreement to generate additional business for Austrian companies, the costs for those deals should have been reported separately.
Austrian and German prosecutors have been investigating the case for years. Munich prosecutors expect to close preliminary proceedings by mid-year.
Europe's largest aerospace group has said it is co-operating with the German probe into the fighter sale to Austria as well as three other criminal probes into suspected irregularities in defence or security markets, including a British investigation into a $3.3 billion communications deal with Saudi Arabia.
On Wednesday, people familiar with the matter said Airbus was shaking up its international marketing arm amid a separate probe by Britain's Serious Fraud Office into suspected bribery and corruption in the sale of commercial aircraft.
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Germany and Spain are likely to suspend assembly of Eurofighter jets temporarily or permanently due to lack of contracts and complexity of the production process. The final assembly of the jets is likely to be suspended in Germany at least until 2018
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An Austrian Parliamentary report looking into a 2003 Eurofighter Typhoon deal has failed to find evidence in support of claims that Airbus had bribed local officials to approve the deal,
European Aerospace giant Airbus on Monday formally rejected fraud allegations levelled by Austria over a two-billion-euro ($2.3 billion) deal for Eurofighter jets, calling out the accusations “factitious and legally groundless”
Austria prefers a government-to-government deal to lease fighter aircraft rather than issuing a tender that would take longer timeframe and might jeopardize 2020-2023 timeframe. Austria has sued Airbus and Eurofighter consortium (which includes BAE systems and Leonardo) in February this year alleging fraud linked to $2
Eurofighter Typhoon has completed a simultaneous firing of two MBDA Meteor Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missiles as part of a major program to integrate the weapon on to the aircraft. The test was conducted using Airbus Defence & Space Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 4 with the support of BAE Systems, Eurofighter GmbH, MBDA and the UK‘s Ministry of Defence
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