February 7, 2014

IAF will get new VIP choppers soon: AK Antony

After the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal was cancelled in the backdrop of corruption allegations, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday asserted that IAF will get new VIP choppers soon. He also expressed his concern on naval accidents. "Naval accidents are a matter of concern and Indian Navy is more concerned about it than anybody else," Antony said.
He gave the statement during his visit to Defence Expo in New Delhi.
Antony's remarks came after the UPA government once again faced embarrassment due to the chopper deal with an Italian firm. CNN-IBN had accessed a copy of a letter by key middleman Christian Michel which was produced in an Italian Court.
The letter was written by Michel to the India head of AgustaWestland in March 2008 saying the key aides of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi need to be targeted to push the deal through.
The names of the key aides included - Manmohan Singh, Ahmed Patel, Pranab Mukherjee, Veerappa Moily, Oscar Fernandes, MK Narayanan and Vinay Singh.
Meanwhile, sources in the PMO have assured that action would be taken against those indulging in such slanderous activities.

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