Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Finmeccanica unit in billion-dollar bid for India army deal


Moscow, April 29 - Italian aerospace and defense
giant Finmeccanica SpA is not at risk of being black-listed in
India and remains a candidate in an Indian government bidding
contest for helicopters.
Speaking from Moscow, Indian Foreign Minister Salman
Kurshid said an investigation into alleged bribes paid by
Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland to win a government contract
"is a specific case which will not have implications for
Finmeccanica in terms of contracts and public works in our
The Italian defense contractor, which employs some 70,000
around the world, has been embroiled in an investigation in
Italy and India into alleged bribes paid in the previous sale of
helicopters to the Indian air force.
On March 13, Indian criminal investigators searched the New
Delhi offices of Finmeccanica and its subsidiary AgustaWestland
as part of the probe over alleged bribes paid in the sale of 12
AW-101 helicopters.
Earlier Monday, Indian Defense Minister A. K. Antony said
in a written statement that AgustaWestland remains actively
involved in the bidding process for two contracts to supply 56
helicopters to India's navy - a deal worth about one billion
dollars - as well as in a separate bid to supply 14 helicopters
to the country's coast guard.

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