India pointed out the shortcomings of the Ka-226T and the AS550 Fennec

India pointed out the shortcomings of the Ka-226T and the AS550 Fennec

India may delay the debriefing of the tender for the purchase of 197 light multipurpose helicopters total cost two billion dollars for "technical reasons." As Defense News reported, citing sources in the Indian Air Force, Indian professionals did not work for traction engines of both bidders — Russian Ka-226T and the euro AS550 Fennec.

How do you plan to resolve the issue with traction engines, is not specified. Both members of the tender were flight tests 2012 year. Then some of the shortcomings in helicopters were reported.

Tender for the supply of 197 helicopters was announced in 2009 to substitute outdated helicopters Chetak (SA-316B Alouette-3) and Cheetah (SA-315B Lama). Then it was attended by the company «Rosoboronexport», Bell Helicopter, AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Sikorsky and Boeing. In 2010, the competition was canceled and in 2011 — already started anew with 2 participants.

In November 2012 it was reported that tender again may cancel due to a corruption scandal. Specifically, the company AgustaWestland suspected of bribing an Indian general in order to Italian helicopter has successfully passed the first step of flight tests. Ultimately AgustaWestland tests still failed.

Earlier, Russian aviation equipment lost several Indian descent competitions. In October 2012, it became clear that the multi-purpose transport helicopter Mi-26T2 lost South American Boeing CH-47F Chinook. As reported, the Americans offered India a lucrative contract to service helicopter. In autumn 2011, Russian attack helicopter Mi-28N "Night Hunter" was weaker than the South American AH-64D Apache Longbow. In November 2012, the Indian tender Russian tanker Il-78MKI lost European A330MRTT.

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