Missing file raises questions about India’s MMRCA deal

Less than two months after the US Air Force mailed evaluation documents to the wrong bidders in the KC-X competition, a similar scandal has erupted for the Indian Air Force’s hotly-contested medium, multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract.

The Indian press reports:


The file dealing with the offsets plans of the six foreign vendors vying for the deal went missing in the last week of December 2010 and was later found by the roadside on Khelgaon Marg in south Delhi.

The USAF fired two KC-X program officials for the botched mailing. Similarly, India is investigating two acquisition officials over the mysterious wanderings of a key evaluation document in the MMRCA competition.

The Times of India reports:


Ordering an inquiry into the episode, defence minister A K Antony on Monday said he was “very clear that every officer has to be very careful at every stage” while dealing with the huge  MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) project. “We have viewed the incident seriously…the inquiry is in progress,” he said.

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One Response to Missing file raises questions about India’s MMRCA deal

  1. Dave 11 January, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Corruption is endemic in India… so this ain’t too surprising. However, judging by how long this is all taking, we’ll be moving onto a 7th generation fighter (or whatever aircraft look like that far ahead into the future) over here before they pick a winner for this one.

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