deal collapsed after raising public scrutiny about EADS' illegal
use of middle men and irregularities during the bidding process.
This is This is the second major defense setback this year –
another international tender for purchasing 400 upgraded 155
mm 52 calibre guns for the Army was scrapped few months ago.
Eurocopter offered a military version of the AS350 helicopter,
designated AS550 C3. Bell proposed a military version of the
Bell 407. While the Indian defense Ministry is expected to approach
other bidders. The recent setback is expected to further delay
the planned replace of India's ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters
fleet (locally built Alouette II and III) by at least two years.
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