New Delhi: Defence Ministry has initiated a preliminary probe in the Embraer scam. The probe will be carried out by CBI. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had struck deal was struck with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer during the UPA rule in 2008.

According to media reports, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is being probed by prosecutors in Brazil and the US Justice Department over commissions allegedly paid to a UK-based defence agent for clinching the 2008 deal.

 The deal, inked by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, involved the purchase of three EMB-145 planes for $208 million. The first aircraft was delivered in 2011, and the other two were delivered later.

 The aircraft were to be fitted with the DRDO’s Airborne Early-Warning and Control (AEW&C) system and were to be used by the Indian Air Force.

 The AEW&C system, the reports said, is still not ready as the DRDO has missed several deadlines. It is now scheduled to be completed by December this year.

 The DRDO has said it is not aware of any commissions being paid for the deal.

 This is the second major allegation of graft in a defence deal signed during the UPA regime. A few months ago, there were allegations of commissions and middlemen in what has come to be known as the VVIP chopper scam.