Saturday, January 25, 2014

Textron Plugs FMS Sale of Bell 407 as 197 LUH Procurement Alternative

According to PTI, the US firm Textron has pitched procurement of its Bell 407 helicopter through FMS as an alternative route for meeting India's requirement for 197 LUHs, tendering for which has been stalled for the second time as a fallout of bribery allegations in the recently cancelled deal to purchase 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers from AugustaWestland.

Bell helicopters has been pitching the Bell 407 to India for a while without fanfare, as is evident from this. photo showing the helicopter flying unannounced during evening hours at Aero India 2013.