外文标题：Defence ministry scraps Rs 6,000cr tender for purchase of 197 helicopters
NEW DELHI: Defence ministry on Friday scrapped a scam-tainted tender worth over Rs 6,000 crore to procure 197 light utility helicopters for Army and Air Force to replace the vintage fleet of Cheetah and Chetak choppers used to move troops and equipment to high altitude locations like Siachen.
In a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council headed by defence minister Arun Jaitley, the government also cleared proposals worth over Rs 17,500 crore including the mid-life upgrade of the aging fleet of submarines for Rs 4,800 crore and procurement of 118 Arjun Mk II tanks for Rs 6,600 crore.
The DAC decided to retract from the tender for procuring 197 helicopters and it has been decided that the Indian industry would be given the opportunity to produce around 400 such choppers for the requirements of the armed forces, defence ministry sources said here.
In line with NDA government's plan to develop the indigenous industry, the government decision is expected to generate business worth over Rs 40,0000 crore for the local industry in the defence sector, they said.
This is the second time in seven years that the tender has been scrapped in which European Eurocopter and Russian Kamov were competing and it had been on hold for the past over two years due to an ongoing CBI probe and other allegations of wrongdoings in the trial process.
Himanshu Singh (vellore)
what will they do for these many new helicoptors......??
rawat ishant singh (Unknown)
India has cheap labor,skilled engineers ,enough money & land still we purchase millions dollar defence equipments-funny?
we built mars orbiter still some have doubt we can build a helicopter?
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Farook Shariff Shariff (Unknown)
can not our talented aeronautic engineers design and built high quality defence Helicopters.? farook shariff
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looking closely mr arun jaitley is favouring usa!! giving the monopoly to once again blackmail india.. this will be a historic mistake by this govt!! opening Pandora's box
仔细观察， arun jaitley先生青睐美国！给了这家垄断巨头再次敲诈印度的机会。
ashish dadwal ()
Good...but v should start more manufacturing n r&d in india