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India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:07 am

The French news agency, AFP, is reporting that due to "complaints about the bidding process and the role of agents", the deal may be scrapped and a fresh tender issued.
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iaqmr7trxRrTAvAFOLmHWQiC_X4g

The timing of this is horrible since it gives ammunition to those in the U.S. who advocate a "home grown" solution for the KC-X. Just more mud to fling....

[Edited 2007-12-03 16:08:02]

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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:15 am



Quoting Lumberton (Thread starter):
The timing of this is horrible since it gives ammunition to those in the U.S. who advocate a "home grown" solution for the KC-X. Just more mud to fling....

I'm not sure how this will affect anything. This speaks more to problems in India and EADS Indian ops than anything else.
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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:18 pm



Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 1):
I'm not sure how this will affect anything. This speaks more to problems in India and EADS Indian ops than anything else.

That's because you're looking at it rationally.  Wink

View it through the prism of the utterly toxic politics we have here. Either side will crawl through ____ to gain even a momentary advantage. If the opportunity arises to link EADS to a "scandal" somewhere, no matter how tenuous, some detractor will seize the opportunity. Of course, that's how my mind works, but. . . . Big grin
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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:58 pm



Quoting Lumberton (Thread starter):
The timing of this is horrible since it gives ammunition to those in the U.S. who advocate a "home grown" solution for the KC-X. Just more mud to fling....



Quoting Lumberton (Reply 2):
Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 1):
I'm not sure how this will affect anything. This speaks more to problems in India and EADS Indian ops than anything else.

That's because you're looking at it rationally.

View it through the prism of the utterly toxic politics we have here. Either side will crawl through ____ to gain even a momentary advantage. If the opportunity arises to link EADS to a "scandal" somewhere, no matter how tenuous, some detractor will seize the opportunity. Of course, that's how my mind works, but. . . .

No, you guys are not looking at this rationally at all.........  Yeah sure
 
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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:18 pm



Quoting Lumberton (Thread starter):
The timing of this is horrible since it gives ammunition to those in the U.S. who advocate a "home grown" solution for the KC-X. Just more mud to fling....



Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 1):
I'm not sure how this will affect anything. This speaks more to problems in India and EADS Indian ops than anything else.

Unfortunately, it points to a consistent pattern. One that involves undue influence in order to obtain a sales advantage. It appears that too often "If you can't beat 'em then bribe 'em" is de rigeur for critical sales campaigns. Of course, that's not to say other companies haven't been tainted by such lapses in judgment, but it certainly crimps a perception some seem to have that Boeing is the bad guy and EADS is without its own scandals.

And just because it was EADS' Indian ops doesn't mean squat. One could just as easily argue that it was Boeing IDS that was involved in the previous and sordid tanker bid.
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Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:44 pm

A littile more detail on smell wafting from the India-Eurocopter deal:

"The Bell-407 dropped out last year after the machine it sent for evaluation could not perform a three-axis vector, an essential requirement for flying in areas like the Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir.

The three-axis vector enables the helicopter perform a 'U' like manoeuvre to navigate adverse weather conditions in mountainous areas.

When this deficiency was pointed out to the manufacturers, the official said, the company offered to either show a video of the helicopter performing a similar manoeuvre in Canada or to fly out Indian officials to witness it in person.

The defence ministry shot this down, saying this was not the way it conducted its business.

Now, it emerges, special consideration was shown to Eurocopter as what it fielded was not the AS550 C3 Fennec military version but the AS350 B3 Ecureil civilian variant."

Entire article at: http://news.monstersandcritics.com/i...my_chopper_order_could_be_scrapped

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Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:16 am

This is interesting...

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Queried how the issue of the helicopter's variant had emerged only now, the official said: 'The process goes through various stages. Perhaps it is now at a stage where the officials are senior enough to not only study the evaluation report but also examine which machine had been evaluated.'

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Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:03 pm

Oops!
India scraps 600 million dollar Eurocopter deal

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A government official, who did not wish to be named, had said earlier that New Delhi was probing alleged links between an army general and Indian agents of Eurocopter.
India banned middlemen in military deals following allegations of bribery in a multi-billion dollar artillery deal in the 1980s with then-Swedish firm Bofors. That scandal led to the downfall of the government of then-premier Rajiv Gandhi.
Eurocopter late on Wednesday denied Indian media allegations about the involvement of middlemen in the project.
"EADS and Eurocopter are keen on insisting that both companies fully comply with the very strict French and European regulations on these issues," Eurocopter said in a statement.
It added that it "was still confident to sign the contract with the Indian Ministry of Defence."

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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:51 am

It not superising there have been alot of Indian Commanders wanting a shot at buying the Apache's helicopters anyway. I doubt it will effect anything other than giving Boeing a better shot at the bid.
 
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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:57 am

The French have finally acknowledged that the deal is dead.
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i-tcvKoF3cBNR6bhQ5JDAzY83-Eg

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NEW DELHI (AFP) — France's foreign minister admitted that a deal for European aerospace giant EADS' unit Eurocopter to supply 197 helicopters to the Indian army had been officially cancelled.

Bernard Kouchner said he was "not satisfied" with the troubles in the 600 million dollar deal, but asserted Eurocopter was still best placed to win a new tender.

The Indian defence ministry said on December 6 that Eurocopter's successful tender for the helicopters had been scrapped, although Eurocopter and the French embassy here contested the validity of the announcement.

The ministry has not said publicly why the deal was scrapped, but senior defence sources and press reports have alleged that Eurocopter used a local go-between despite an Indian ban on the use of middlemen in defence deals.

According to this CNN report, they were in denial just a few days ago.
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/...cles/newstex/AFX-0013-21740678.htm

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'There has been no official announcement of the cancellation,' Eurocopter vice president Norbert Ducrot told reporters in New Delhi. 'We have no official information.'
'We are still talking with the Defence Ministry,' Ducrot said. 'We are at the price negotiation stage.'
'We have not received any confirmation of a cancellation,' said Michel Boivin, economic advisor to the French embassy in India.

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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:01 pm

Slightly OT, but an Indian court has ordered an investigation into bribery allegations involving a deal to sell French submarines to India.
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=3263088&C=asiapac

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An Indian court on Dec. 20 ordered police to complete a probe into charges that a bribe was paid in a multibillion-dollar deal to buy Scorpene submarines from a French defense firm.
The Delhi High Court told the Central Bureau of Investigation to complete its inquiry within three months and report back to a two-judge bench.
The judges also told the CBI to press criminal charges against "accused persons" if it could establish that an offence had been committed in the 2.4 billion-euro ($3 billion) deal.
"In case CBI decides to close the case after the inquiry, then it will have to satisfy the court that there was no evidence of kickbacks involved in the deal," Judges T. S. Thakur and Veena Birbal said.
The order came a month after an Indian pressure group — the Centre for Public Interest Litigation — alleged that New Delhi was shielding Indian middlemen who took commissions from French defense giant Thales, which owns Armaris, to clinch the deal. . .

Earlier this month, India said it was scrapping a $600 million deal to buy 197 military helicopters from EADS after allegations of corruption in the bidding process.
India banned middlemen in military deals following charges of bribery in a multibillion-dollar artillery deal in the 1980s with Swedish firm Bofors.

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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:20 am

Polictics out here always has some problems for Deals  Smile
The Question is Hopefully this is not another Plitical ploy to reintroduce another Tender Process.
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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Mon Dec 24, 2007 3:21 pm



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 11):
Polictics out here always has some problems for Deals
The Question is Hopefully this is not another Plitical ploy to reintroduce another Tender Process.
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You still have a better and more open process in big defense contracts. Her in the good 'ol (boy) system we have in the US, the loser in a compitition can appeal the decision, thus tieing up the contract for years.
 
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RE: India May Scrap Eurocopter Deal- AFP Report

Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:53 am



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 12):
Her in the good 'ol (boy) system we have in the US, the loser in a compitition can appeal the decision, thus tieing up the contract for years.

These delays then make the project not worth it after all.
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