Britain’s Hawk trainer jet deal faces delays after India ‘loses file’

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by AVERAGE INDIAN, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. AVERAGE INDIAN

    AVERAGE INDIAN EXORCIST Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    Messages:
    2,762
    Likes Received:
    2,718
    Location:
    Detroit MI
    A lucrative £200 million deal for supply British Hawk trainer jets to the Indian Air Force could be delayed after Indian defence officials ‘lose file :facepalm:

    A £200 million deal to supply 20 British Hawk trainer jets to India was under threat last night after defence officials admitted the file on the planned sale was “lost”.
    India’s ministry of defence said the paperwork relating to the file had gone missing and that the deal could not be completed until the documents were found or redrafted.
    The blunder has caused acute embarrassment to the government and threatens to delay the delivery of the jets and payments to Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems, the British firms that supply its engines and hardware.

    The Hawks were earmarked for India’s 'Red Arrows’, the Surya Kiran aerobatics team, which has been grounded since its own ageing aircraft were deemed unsafe three years ago.
    They are an addition to one of Britain’s largest defence deals, worth £1.6 billion, to supply 113 Hawks to train India’s air force and navy combat pilots. Some of the jets are to be made in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. A spokesman for India’s ministry of defence declined to comment on the matter but officials privately confirmed the loss of the file. Without it, the procurement cannot proceed, and documents may need to be redrafted.

    It is the second time in recent years that a paper file on a major defence deal has been lost by officials. In December 2010, documents relating to the multi-billion pound aircraft project – eventually won by France’s Rafale – were discovered on a Delhi road. :tsk::tsk:

    It later emerged that an official had taken it to his guesthouse room and later lost it.

    The Hawk trainer deal was embroiled in a controversy earlier this year when the Indian government launched a corruption inquiry following claims that Rolls-Royce figures had bribed staff at the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd between 2007 and 2011.

    Defence analyst Deba Mohanty said the loss of the file was a serious breach of national security and called for an inquiry.
    “If true, this is a serious, serious problem and a breach of security within the ministry of defence. How can a file go missing? The ministry must get its act together and the culprit must be found. We need to know what happened”, he said.

    Britain’s Hawk trainer jet deal faces delays after India ‘loses file’ - Telegraph
     
  2.  
  3. Dhairya Yadav

    Dhairya Yadav Regular Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2012
    Messages:
    481
    Likes Received:
    141
    Location:
    India
    Re: Britain’s Hawk trainer jet deal faces delays after India ‘loses fi

    It doesnt matter which file it is, cant govt even "Xerox" them?
     
  4. Hari Sud

    Hari Sud Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2012
    Messages:
    1,054
    Likes Received:
    861
    Location:
    Ontario
    Re: Britain’s Hawk trainer jet deal faces delays after India ‘loses fi

    The order is on the move, these planes will be ordered as the new file has been resurrected. The culprit was looking for a bribe package which did not materialize, hence he decided to decamp with the file, but of no avail.
     
    AVERAGE INDIAN and Kunal Biswas like this.
  5. laughingbuddha

    laughingbuddha Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2014
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    136
    Location:
    Shangrila (really!)
    Re: Britain’s Hawk trainer jet deal faces delays after India ‘loses fi

    Nevertheless, he should be traced and punished.
     
  6. sgarg

    sgarg Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2014
    Messages:
    3,479
    Likes Received:
    962
    Re: Britain’s Hawk trainer jet deal faces delays after India ‘loses fi

    Welcome to the antiquated systems of Indian bureaucracy.

    This may not stop the purchase, but can definitely delay it.
     
  7. power_monger

    power_monger Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2014
    Messages:
    537
    Likes Received:
    436
    Location:
    Bangalore
    Re: Britain’s Hawk trainer jet deal faces delays after India ‘loses fi

    Perhaps this is a dumb question,dont mind.
    200 million pounds for 20 Hawks equates to nearly 100 crores per Hawk. Why can't we go for 2 seater Tejas itself as Trainer version?
    tejas at 140 crores is only slightly costlier than hawk but it gives advantage as it can be used in combats also.Additionally we can generate lot of jobs and save lot of foreign currency reserves by going this route.And by adding more orders HAL can also ramp up production to 30 jets per year. Why do we still need hawk.

    Or

    Are there any advantages of Using Hawk as a trainer than tejas?
     
    roma likes this.
  8. roma

    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2009
    Messages:
    3,248
    Likes Received:
    1,863
    Re: Britain’s Hawk trainer jet deal faces delays after India ‘loses fi


    ABSOLUTELY - besides losing files some people in goi also cant make simple decisions

    honestly .....is this purchase of foreign product just a cover for something else ?
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2014

Share This Page