Tuesday, November 27, 2007

AgustaWestland settles suit over Sea King replacement competition

Looks like the government won in effect.

*The Cyclone helicopters (Sea King replacements) are scheduled to start delivery in early 2009.
Update: Now this is interesting (via newfin at Milnet.ca):
``AgustaWestland has identified two recent proposals by Canada to purchase military equipment,'' Cameron [AgustaWestland's lawyer] said today in a phone interview. ``AgustaWestland is interested in competing in those procurements without any impediments such as might be posed by the litigation.''..

The Canadian government plans to buy armed reconnaissance helicopters to escort its Chinook fleet, being used in Afghanistan, according to Cameron. Canada might also buy additional search-and-rescue helicopters such as the EH101, he said...


Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

"Looks like the government won in effect."

I read the govt news release and, as I read it, the govt won totally and Augusta Westland struck out.

Augusta Westland gets precisely zip, not even any legal expenses. All they got was a feel-good statement in the govt announcement. It's to the effect that, yeah, they built a nice helicopter and can bid on future govt contracts, like any other manufacturer, with no prejudicial effect from this now-closed litigation.

That would seem to definitely show the total weakness of Augusta Westland's case and allegations.

5:09 p.m., November 27, 2007  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Dave: Not being a lawyer, I was just being, er, cautious in my wording! I think you're quite right.


5:16 p.m., November 27, 2007  

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