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IAF got 81 Sukhoi planes against 112 due till 2012-13: CAG

Indian Air Force received 81 Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft as against 112 due till 2012-13 from state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) because of delay in receipt of technical documents from Russian manufacturer Rosoboronexport (ROE). Due to delayed delivery of the fighter planes, the Defence Ministry recovered liquidated damages of Rs 96.26 crore from HAL, which, however, could not recover the amount from ROE “in the absence of enabling provision” in their contract, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said.

The report, tabled in Parliament on Friday, said the acceptance of a new rate by HAL for procurement of engine kits for the Su-30 aircraft “disregarding the price stipulated in the General Contract of December 2000 resulted in additional expenditure of Rs 66 crore”.
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