M777: Defence Ministry probing irregularity in 3,000cr howitzer deal

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  1. arnabmit

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    Defence Ministry probing irregularity charges in Rs 3,000 crore howitzer deal

    The Defence Ministry is probing allegations of irregularity involving a top retired Army official in the Rs 3,000 crore deal to procure 145 ultra-light howitzers from the US under an inter-governmental agreement.

    The M-777 howitzers are being procured by the Army through the Foreign Military Sales route for deployment in the mountainous boundaries with China and Pakistan and are expected to be part of a new Strike Corps to be raised along the China border.

    The deal is at an advanced stage and India and the US authorities are negotiating the offsets and other aspects of the contract.

    While the negotiations are underway, the defence ministry received an anonymous letter alleging irregularity on part of a top Army officer who has since retired.

    Taking cognizance of this complaint, the Defence Ministry is probing the allegations through in internal inquiry, sources told PTI here.

    The Ministry is also likely to seek comments of the Army headquarters on this issue, they said.

    The proposed deal has been mired in one controversy or the other since its early days.

    The Rs 3,000 crore deal was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in October last year.

    Prior to its approval, the Defence Ministry had sought the report of a committee on whether to go ahead with the procurement after the leakage of the trial reports of the M-777 howitzer.

    The leaked report had suggested that the guns had underperformed during the trials and the Army was not happy with it.

    The Ministry had then formed a Committee under then DRDO chief V K Saraswat to submit a report whether the procurement should be realised or not.

    The deal was given a go ahead only after Saraswat gave it clearance.

    The Ultra-Light Howitzers of 155 mm 39 calibre are being acquired for deployment in high altitude areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh.

    The M777 guns, serving in the US Army, can be airlifted easily and be used for quick deployment of assets in mountainous regions.

    After the Bofors controversy in 1986, no new gun has been procured by the Army for its artillery.

    The Army is also hoping to induct the Bofors guns manufactured indigenously by theOrdnance Factory Board at its facilities in Jabalpur.
     
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    If DRDO chief had said no the gun is not worth having, then all figures would have been pointing at him, that first they didnt made the gun and now that someone is giving it, on ulterior motive he has prepared the adverse report, etc etc.

    reports are not new that Gun cant be air lifted or it didnt not meet the specification, must be Russians lobby at work there.
     
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    this is silly the entire MOD is in a tizzy because of an anonymous letter. this is what we have been reduced to-- any Tom Dick or harry can write a letter and we get all worked up.

    the capabilities of the gun are well known, The US forces have used it extensively in Afghanistan and we are aware of it. It this continues then what is stopping the Chinese or the Pakistani's writing letters alleging kickbacks and then the whole process gets stalled.

    This is an FMS deal the money goes from Government to Government-- wake up Mr.Minister..
     
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    @sob some people dont want us to have that gun. We need it China border and we are paying high price for govt to govt sale.
     
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    Yes that is the cost we are paying to avoid the corruption pitfalls, but still people are able to play mischief and our people fall for it.
     
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    Re: M777: Defence Ministry probing irregularity in 3,000cr howitzer de

    This howitzer gun has performed well in Iraq & Afghanistan.

    The M 777 howitzers belonging to Canadian troops made a significant contribution during the Battle of Panjwaii when a small number of rounds were used to huge effect against Taliban. They were so successful that an order for an additional six guns was placed with BAE.
     
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    again the shit IDRW ..They always spread fake news and not worthy to Trust :lawl:
     
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    Re: M777: Defence Ministry probing irregularity in 3,000cr howitzer de

    This was last year.

    PTI Sep 28, 2012, 06.53PM IST

    India to buy 145 ultra light howitzers for Army from US - Economic Times

    is this systematic way to make sure that we will get screwed?
     
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    Anthony, please sc**w yourself...you are a curse
     
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    We are very good at stooting at our own feet... GOD know when this tamasha will end...
     
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    Defence Ministry probing irregularity charges in Rs 3,000 crore howitzer deal

    eek....not again.
     
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    At 1:10 in video.

     
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