Previously, twelve helicopters were to be procured at a cost of 560 million euros. Now, an Italian court has claimed that bribes were paid to various people including the then IAF chief, bureaucrats and politicians.
In defense of the former ACM, retired Air Marshal Pranob K. Barbora said: "The specification of the chopper could not have been changed with a single signature of the IAF chief."
For the chopper deal to have been passed it had to be approved by three defense ministers, two national security advisers and one director general, who eventually ended up being the defense secretary.
In 2003, the IAF proposed two options: the AW 101 and the Eurocopter EC-225. The Eurocopter was chosen on the basis that it could attain an altitude of 6,000 meters.
However, in a meeting held on November 19, 2003, Mishra then reissued his initial proposal with a reduced operational altitude of 4,500 meters. The Eurocopter was not ultimately picked.