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    Anonymous

    This is good.what is status of hal luh? India should now focus on HAL LUH and buy 400 of them instead of 187 initially ordered.HAL DRDO should make it a priority project and diliver at the earliest

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    Anonymous

    Seems logical that the competition has been called off. As the article that you have referenced states that both the helicopters failed to me end user requirements.

    What is baffling is the time delay. Probably a bunch of babus or babuclad army officers(yes there are many) were lobbying around to get the deal passed for personal gain. In this case it is a late but welcomed decision.

    But on the other hand, reasons stated to nullify the competition seem unsatisfactory(i am no expert, but then ..rejecting eurocopter all for the lack of buldgin doors)

    India has certain requirements, if the inhouse and outhouse products don't meet them, that doesn't mean that we can cross a leg and buy whatever if offered.

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    Animesh

    This was about to happen. With HAL moving forward with ALH Dhruv, Light Combat Helicopter, & finally delivered Dhruv Rudra, & finally getting ready with Light Utility Helicopter, it seems like DRDO/ HAL is on the track to build & deliver a serious contender to Eurocopter & will finally applicable to clinch the deal.

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  4. 4

    sents

    First we need to speed up the process, it is taking too much time. Starting the competition agin is just killing time and money , just re-evaluate, where it went wrong. Corruption is dragging our country down.

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    Anonymous

    This is just screwed-up. If we have no firm intent to buy, then why do we invite bids and waste our time as well as that of the bidders? If the products do not meet our requirements, why does it take so long to let them know and put an end to it? And, why would we want to extend the expiration date when the product does not meet our requirements? The EC chief not willing to go beyond Mar 2013 without a firm direction on where this is headed, is I think reasonable thing to ask for. Why should they waste their time when MOD does not have any idea on what they want to do, and especially when they have a history of indecision and bid cancellations. Look at the MMRCA, we seem to have awarded the deal to the French, but we are still in negotiations and probably will be for another half a decade. This is just plain pathetic. I am not saying that we should blindly import, but if we need to import because the locally made product cannot be ready in time, or just not an option, then just go ahead an do it. If we have requirements that cannot be met by any biddger, then I think we may be asking for too much. If we want a TATA Nano with a BMW like handling, and at a price that is below that of a used Maruti 800, then there is something wrong with this bid template. I am not suggesting that this is the case, but if all the rumours we hear are even partially true, then we do have a problem within that needs to be addressed first. We seem to have not learned our lesson after decades of importing and that doesn't seem to be bothering anyone.

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    Rahul

    Clearly it is a good opportunity for LUH and HAL considering they don't also delay!

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    nikdash

    This is the most SANE decision ever. We should replace the LUH by drones and use Dhruv for rest of the missions.
    LUH made sense as no other copter could ferry replenishments to say Siachen. Dhruv does the job so why buy another piece of equipment.
    This releases money for more drones…

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    Anonymous

    This UPA government can't take decision. Bring in modi.

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    xxi

    Excellent decision … finally somebody has the balls …

    For all you naysayers ….. The MOD has chosen this path because they want private players ( more IMP-ly PVT MONEY ) in the program , with Light Utility heli have various civilian roles…and with most of India's civilian market buying over priced heli s from euro-copter ( we are 3 rd biggest market ) and also with Tata manufacturing S-92 Cabins and precision parts , WHY NOT TAG ALONG PVT INDUSTRY FOR DUAL-USE ??.

    A VERY SMART DECISION WELL DONE …..ALTHOUGH I'LL PREFER HAL , NOT WASTE TIME AND ENERGY AND MONEY ON LUH , BECAUSE IT WILL END UP LIKE HTP-40 ,AN OVERPRICED FIRST GENERATION MODEL …..

    HAL FOR A PUBLIC COMPANY , IS FLYING TOO HIGH , TOO FAST .

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