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Ex-IAF chief did not change chopper deal parameters, suggest govt documents

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Feb 15, 2013 at 10:46pm IST

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New Delhi: Former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi may be right in saying he played no role in fixing of norms in the AgustaWestland chopper deal. Defence documents accessed by CNN-IBN suggest that Tyagi may have not meddled with technical parameters.

According to the documents, the former air chief was not even involved in fixing technical parameters as they were frozen in December 2003 before Tyagi took over as Indian Air Force chief.

The documents of the Ministry of Defence further says that the technical specifications were not changed in 2005 during the review meeting by the ministry, and proposals were sought from six helicopter vendors in 2006.

Later, in 2007, AgustaWestland, Russia's Kazan and American Sikorsky responded to it. While Russia refused to sign the integrity pact, Sikorsky was eliminated in a trial, following which, AgustaWestland emerged the sole bidder.

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