NewsX Exclusive: India bought the 'junk' which world powers rejected

| Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 23:32
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Another UPA era defence deal worth Rs 1800 cores has been scrapped. NewsX has learned that this one too is linked to Italian defence major Finmeccanica whose subsidiary Agusta was in the news lately for paying kickbacks to bag the VVIP chopper deal.
Highly placed sources have told media that the defence minister Manohar Parrikar suspects that the deal struck with another Finmeccanica subsidiary for the supply of 98 torpedoes for the scorpene submarines is not in the national interest.
The move once again raises suspicions about the manner in which the UPA went about its defence acquisitions and presents an opportunity to the Cong's opponents to question its motives. There are a series of unexplained questions beginning with why the UPA chose a torpedo that has been rejected by the world's superpowers? Why did it go ahead with the deal even  thoughFinmeccanica was under a graft cloud and was being investigated?
Why did it choose to reject a company that was in a position to transfer technology for the manufacture of the torpedoes here in India? Last but not least will the media now order a probe into establishing why the UPA chose to sign a deal with a company producing rejected torpedoes despite options?

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Umm, can you please inform which MAJOR power rejected the Black Shark? The U.S.— they build the MK48 torpedo; the U.K. — they build the Spearfish torpedo; so which countries are you referring to here? For your information, both France and Italy, which built the Black Shark are buying modernized versions of the basic design. So is it junk that one of India's main arms suppliers, which is also a nuclear power, buying? And at least two nations — Chile and Malaysia — selected the Black Shark before India did. Why? because they had also purchased the Scorpene. In other words, the Black Shark is the only torpedo that is integrated with the Scorpene. You will have spend money and time to integrate other torpedoes to it. It takes just a bit of common sense to understand it. Hey but common sense is useless when you can write a crappy headline.

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