India’s Air Force withholds payments for switch in airfield system

India’s Air Force withholds payments for switch in airfield system

SAM Staff,
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Despite India’s commitment to indigenising its materiel requirements, a private sector contractor who substituted a locally designed system for an imported one in an Indian Air Force (IAF) contract, is being “financially penalised” by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Tata Power’s Strategic Engineering Division (SED) head Rahul Chaudhry told Jane’s that the MoD’s Financial Division had “blocked” payments of INR2.75 billion (USD42.9million) to the company for switching an Australian Runway Visual Range (RVR) system with an indigenously developed one in the IAF’s ongoing Modernisation of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) contract.

Tata Power had secured the INR21.19 billion MAFI project in 2011 to upgrade 30 IAF airfields and one for the Indian Navy by equipping them all with radar, air space control and communication systems.

SOURCEIHS Jane's Defence Weekly
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