Big-ticket orders at heart of HAL row still in initial stage

Big-ticket military orders worth around Rs 73,000 crore to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) that have been at the centre of a battle between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman are in an early stage.

Responding to Gandhi’s accusation that she was lying about procurement orders worth Rs 1 lakh crore for aerospace major HAL, Sitharaman said on Sunday that contracts worth Rs 73,000 crore were in the pipeline and those worth Rs 26,570 crore, already placed.

The minister clarified that the contracts worth Rs 73,000 crore were at the technical evaluation stage. The technical evaluation stage is the first step in the weapons procurement process after the request for proposals, said two defence ministry officials on condition of anonymity.

According to the defence procurement procedure, six more critical stages have to be crossed before a contract is finally awarded. Read More

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