DTW2HYD From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 2941 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3509 times:
Looks like this order may get cancelled which is not good for both parties. Hopefully they will find a solution. India badly needs these choppers.
Just a background, In 2010 IAF placed order for 12 x EH101s with Augusta Westland. Sikorsky S-92 and MI-17 were contenders. Mi-17 dropped out because they didn't want to sign integrity pact (anti-bribery) clause. In 2013 after 3 were delivered bribery news came out. India put payments and deliveries on hold pending review and cancellation.
DTW2HYD From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 2941 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
It appears India has decided to cancel the order. This report says India will try to re-open talks with UTC(Sikorsky),EADS(Eurocopter) and Lockheed Martin, but there are other reports IAF may just increase the quantity of recent Mil order as they need these by next year.
Main sticking point Italy is not helping India in identifying Indian citizen who received bribes. India has a circumstantial case but all the evidence is with Italy.