Delays Scupper Coast Guard Chopper Deal With Airbus?


Underlining yet again India’s dysfunctional defence acquisition process, a deal to acquire advanced medium lift helicopters for the Coast Guard has run into trouble over delays as the commercial bid by Airbus has lapsed, with the company showing little interest in reviving it.

The deal to buy Airbus’ twin-engine EC725 helicopters, estimated to cost Rs 2,000 crore, was to be finalised during French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming India visit in March.

An Airbus spokesperson told IANS that the commercial bid, valid till February 15, has not been extended. Airbus, however, refused to give any further details or the reasons behind the decision. Read More…

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