DAC retracts tender procurement of 197 light utility helicopters: Sources
Sources have indicated that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has reportedly decided to retract the tender for procurement of 197 light utility helicopters.
The procurement of these copters was on hold due to an ongoing CBI probe into bribes reportedly being sought by an army brigadier from the Italian-UK firm AgustaWestland to help it bag the contract.
Sources said the DAC has reportedly decided to make this proposal under 'buy and make Indian category'.
The DAC has reportedly also approved the purchase of army communications system for 3 Corps, 4 Corps and 14 Corps at an estimated cost of Rs. 900 crores.
Sources further revealed that 16 multi-role helicopters worth Rs.1800 crore for the Indian Navy have been cleared, and the bid will be opened as two vendors have been shortlisted. The DAC has also reportedly cleared Rs 20,000 crores worth of acquisition.
The 197 light utility choppers were to be obtained for the Army and the Indian Air Force to ferry troops and supplies in high altitude areas like the Siachen Glacier.
The CBI probe is looking into allegations that the brigadier was seeking kickbacks from AgustaWestland for clearing the 12 VVIP chopper deal. The army had requested for the investigation.
The officer in question was reportedly seeking USD five million.
(Posted on 30-08-2014)