WASS NOT MEANT TO BE

India Today - - UPFRONT -

For­mer de­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar was in favour of scrap­ping the Rs 1,800 crore deal with Ital­ian firm WASS for 98 Black Shark tor­pe­does. An­other of Fin­mec­ca­nica’s (WASS’s par­ent com­pany, now called Leonardo) sub­sidiaries is ac­cused of pay­ing bribes in the now-can­celled 2010 VVIP chop­per deal. Par­rikar left for Goa be­fore he could scrap the con­tract, stuck for four years, leav­ing front­line sub­marines with­out weapons. But if the navy was hop­ing for re­lief from new de­fence min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley, it isn’t com­ing. A wary Jait­ley re­port­edly asked the navy to re­tract the Ital­ian deal and sub­mit fresh pro­pos­als, in­clud­ing Make in In­dia op­tions. Doesn’t look like it will be smooth sail­ing for the navy.

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