Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland dismiss India reports

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Finmeccanica has stated that helicopter unit AgustaWestland was not involved in any irregularity concerning the supply of helicopters in India, following Indian media reports of a probe into a 2010 helicopter deal.

In regard to the reports, Finmeccanica issued this statement: "No notice related to the purported investigations has been served to companies and officers of the Finmeccanica Group neither in Italy, nor in India."

AgustaWestland also issued a statement on the matter, saying that it "firmly excludes any behaviour [that is] non-compliant with its code of ethics".

The statements follow a series of reports in Indian media that suggest Indian authorities have launched a probe into a €560 million ($754 million) contract awarded to AgustaWestland in 2010 to supply India with 12 AW101 helicopters for use in the VIP transport role.

When contacted by Flightglobal, India's Ministry of Defence was unable to comment on the matter.