Decision On 197 Light Helicopters Soon

Uncertainty over what is perhaps India's most important helicopter acquisition effort is expected to end in the next two weeks. Wire reports today say the MoD has received a report submitted by a special technical oversight committee that had been set up to inquire into complaints of tender deviations. The apparent fear now, both for the two contenders Eurocopter and Kamov, and the Indian Army and IAF, is that if the MoD is convinced that the deviations were unfair or unacceptable, the effort could be aborted -- a nightmare scenario considering that it was aborted on its first try in 2007 as well.

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