Chopper scam

May, 3rd 2017 |CRIME

1) In February 2010, the ruling UPA government signed a contract to purchase 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters for Indian Air Force for Rs 3,600-crore, to carry the president, PM and other VVIP

2) Deal went on Hold following the arrest of chairman of Finmeccanica Giuseppe Orsi and CEO of Agusta Westland Bruno Spagnolini on charges that they bribed middlemen to secure the deal with IAF.

3) The role of then PM Manmohan Singh, former Defence Minister AK Antony, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former IAF chief SP Tyagi was put to question.

Why was Indian Officials Bribed?
In August 1999, IAF felt the need for the replacement of Mi-8 VIP helicopters amd go for more advanced
and Hight Altitute Helicopter. High altitude requirement Agusta Westland’s A-101 failed to make the list after flight evaluation.

This resulted is the Scam and then IAF chief SP Tyagi reduced the height requirement. This all was done when it was the Security and Safety of the some of the most VVIP people of the country.

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