Either the folks at The Independent are being brilliantly tongue-in-cheek, or the web headline below is an epic Freudian slip.
Cameron pushes ‘Tycoon’ on Indian tour
By Craig Hoyle on 20 February, 2013 in Uncategorised
Yes, UK prime minister David Cameron’s three-day trade tour of India included a fresh attempt to derail Dassault’s apparent victory in the nation’s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contest, despite indications being that a contract signature for 126 Rafales could be just months away. Back to the Tycoon reference, he was accompanied by a large delegation of UK business big wigs, also eager to get a slice of the sales action with New Delhi.
In his report (which is markedly better than the headline that I suspect someone else composed), the newspaper’s Asia correspondent Andrew Buncombe quotes Cameron as saying: “I think Typhoon is a superior aircraft. I will obviously make clear that Typhoon is still available. This deal is clearly not the biggest item on this visit, but it is obviously a point we will make to the Indian authorities should they want to reconsider where they are.”
Of course, the timing really couldn’t have been any worse, with Cameron having arrived on the sub-continent just days after Finmeccanica chief executive Giuseppe Orsi was arrested as part of an investigation linked to the sale of 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters. While that’s an ongoing legal matter for the Italian and Indian authorities, the fact that the VVIP transports are being built at the company’s Yeovil site in the UK will not have been lost on critics. That’s likely to mean more bad news re MMRCA, I suspect.
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