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India orders bribery probe into Rolls-Royce deal

India's defence ministry has ordered an investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain's Rolls-Royce in a deal reportedly worth $1.6 billion, an official said Monday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe allegations of kickbacks over the deal for Rolls-Royce to supply engines to state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) between 2007 and 2011, a defence ministry official told AFP.

India orders bribery probe into Rolls-Royce deal

India's defence ministry has ordered an investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain's Rolls-Royce in a deal reportedly worth $1.6 billion, an official said Monday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe allegations of kickbacks over the deal for Rolls-Royce to supply engines to state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) between 2007 and 2011, a defence ministry official told AFP.

India to investigate suspected Rolls-Royce kickbacks

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's defense ministry said on Monday it had ordered an investigation into state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's (HAL) orders from Britain's Rolls-Royce Holdings <RR.L> worth at least $1.2 billion. The Central Bureau of Investigation, the country's top crime-fighting agency, will look into more than 5 billion rupees ($80 million) in alleged kickbacks in a deal that was signed in 2011, a ministry official told Reuters.

Aborted defence deal underlines India's procurement problem

India's decision to cancel a $740-million helicopter contract with Italian-owned AgustaWestLand last week added to an already long list of failed defence deals which have left the military short of crucial equipment. The deal to supply 12 transport helicopters, which were to ferry India's top-most leaders, was signed in February 2010, but was terminated last week after an investigation in Italy in 2013 brought to light alleged bribery.

Aborted defence deal underlines India's procurement problem

India's decision to cancel a $740-million helicopter contract with Italian-owned AgustaWestland last week added to an already long list of failed defence deals which have left the military short of crucial equipment. The deal to supply 12 transport helicopters, which were to ferry India's top-most leaders, was signed in February 2010, but was terminated last week after an investigation in Italy in 2013 brought to light alleged bribery.

India scraps $670M helicopter deal with Italian giant Finmeccanica after bribery allegations

NEW DELHI - India has cancelled a 560 million euro ($670 million) contract for 12 helicopters after Italian defence giant Finmeccanica was accused of bribing Indian contacts to secure the deal. A defence ministry official said the decision was made Wednesday during a meeting between Defence Minister A.K.Antony and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

India to finalize Rafale deal this fiscal year: air force official

By Shyamantha Asokan NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will finalize a $15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation <AVMD.PA> by March 2014, an Indian air force official said on Thursday, after the deal had been held up by differences over local manufacturing.

Ministry row latest blow to India's defense modernization

By Anurag Kotoky NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A plan to attract private Indian firms to help build military aircraft could be delayed after a cabinet minister said the proposal was unfair to state-run companies. India has emerged as the world's biggest arms importer as it tries to update archaic weapons systems to keep up with neighbors China and Pakistan in a $100 billion modernization drive.

India call violation of Pakistan airspace 'technical'

India confirmed on Wednesday that its jets had entered Pakistani airspace, but described the incident as a "technical violation". The comments come after Pakistan on Tuesday accused Indian jets of briefly violating its airspace, days after India said one of its soldiers had been killed by Pakistani troops. The jets were taking part in a routine mission along the India-Pakistan border on Tuesday when the incident occurred, Indian Air Force (IAF) spokeswoman Priya Joshi said.

India inducts new Swiss-made trainer-aircraft

The Indian Air Force officially inducted a new Swiss-made basic trainer Friday to augment the air force's training capacity. Junior Defense Minister Jitendra Singh inducted the PC-7 MkII trainer at a ceremony at an academy in Hyderabad, a press release from the Defense Ministry said. India has contracted for 75 of the aircraft from Switzerland and the first flight of cadets is expected to be trained in the planes from July. Singh said the PC-7 MkII is an important "landmark" as India modernizes its armed forces.
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