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IAF to soon receive the first AgustaWestland AW-101 VIP-transport helicopter

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  1. Gessler

    Gessler BANNED BANNED

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    The Indian Air Force is all set to spread its wings further. In order to attain greater
    heights, the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots are being trained on some of the world's
    finest flying-machines known as Agusta Westland AW-101.

    Agusta Westland AW-101 are helicopters that have been purchased for commuting
    dignitaries. The first assortment of which is to be delivered by the end of 2012.

    "The first batch of the IAF pilots had arrived in Britain as scheduled and were
    undergoing training at the Agusta Westland facility," said Finmeccanica group CEO
    Giuseppe Orsi during a press meet at the Farnborough Air Show.

    Though, he didn't go into further details but told that some of the pilots would be
    trained in Britain as instructors also and they would in turn train their colleagues
    back home in India.

    Agusta Westland, incorporating the former British Westland Helicopters, is a
    Finmeccanica group company now. It has delivered some 300 helicopters of
    different types to 22 countries since the merger of Augusta and Westland in 2000.

    The week-long air show ended on July 15.

    Getting familiar with its secure ride, The Indian Air Force selected the three-engined
    AW-101 for its VIP movement in 2010 in a US $827 million deal for 12 helicopters
    inclusive of training. All 12 helicopters are supposed to delivered by 2013.

    The helicopter was selected after field trials after the results were evaluated by the
    IAF and the Special Protection Group (SPG), responsible for protection of the Prime
    Minister and elite political leaders.

    The quirky aircrafts are fitted with missile jammers and electronic warfare
    counter-measure mechanisms as indeed like those of the US or other presidents
    around the world. No details are available though.

    IAF to soon receive the first AW-101 helicopter | defensenews.com
     
  2. Devil

    Devil Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    why waste money on transport helicopter don't you think better to get armed helicopter there are other helicopter india already have for transport why spend more money
     
  3. Anees

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    For VIP ???? :hmm:
     
  4. Devil

    Devil Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    kaunsa important person sonia gandhi ja manmohan singh jaan advani or maywati if pakistan or china want to kidnap them i welcome them aur important people like ambani and sachin don't have much time for this anyway these is needless spending if sachin or other want they have go buy one for yourself. if terrorist or china or pak ever kidnapped any of gandhi's or advanis i will send them a thank you card
     
  5. brahmos_ii

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    The controversial chopper deal for VIPs got a step closer to the corridors of power, even as former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal (retired) S.P. Tyagi on Thursday avoided queries on the issue.

    As investigations in Italy exposed Sanjeev Tyagi as one of the conduits for the Rs.350 crore deal, putting the spotlight on the former IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Tyagi refused to come on camera when Headlines Today approached him.

    The former IAF chief, however, insisted that he had no links with Sanjeev Tyagi and shifted the blame on the government.

    "I have no knowledge of the issue. I do not remember anything regarding the issue. The report (in media) says ministry changed the requirements. Therefore, the enquiries should be put to the ministry," he said.

    Headlines Today tried to locate Sanjeev Tyagi, who happens to be a first cousin of the retired IAF chief. He was, however, not found at his Delhi address, mentioned as his office and residence as he had allegedly gone underground following media reports.

    While some might dismiss it as a coincidence that Air Chief Marshal Tyagi was heading the IAF when the controversial chopper tender was floated, the probe details emerging from Italy have pointed out to presence of a powerful Indian link that ensured eligibility criteria for the tender was changed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).


    Read more at: VIP choppers deal: Former IAF chief S.P. Tyagi distances himself from 'agent' kin : North, News - India Today
     
  6. vstol jockey

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    All you members please read my earlier posts about this deal. The Italian Waitress and her sister waitresses and mistresses of the rich in Italy swayed this deal for nearly 50% hike in price. No Indian top dignatory has ever died while being ferried in trusted old russian helos. Suddenly GOI chose to go with Italians. Why????
     
  7. Picard

    Picard Lt. Colonel RESEARCHER

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    Bribes, most likely.
     
  8. MAFIAN GOD

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    Its not just bribes bro....We got an uninvited Italian b*tch in the country.....
    FYI just Google--"Italian waitress in India".....You will understand the rest....
     
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