197 Copter Deal Has To Be Examined: IAF Chief

The 197 reconnaissance & surveillance helicopter bid will be "examined" by the Defence Acquisition Council before  decision is made on forward movement, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Norman Browne has said. In response to a direct question about whether the competition would be "re-assessed" or "scrapped", the IAF chief said "Re-assessment and scrapped are two different things. However, the DAC has to examine the whole case. It will examine all aspects of the case". Asked if this included examining the possibility of a re-tender, the IAF chief said, "It will examine all aspects of the case."

The Eurocopter AS 550 C3 Fennec and Kamov Ka-226T Sergei await word on the competition, and have become increasingly desperate for guidance on where things are going. More here.

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