By Staff Writer | November 1, 2008
Both the Boeing Company and Bell Helicopter have dropped out of the bidding for 22 attack helicopters for the Indian Air Force, according to a Market Watch report. Boeing said that it would not bid for a contract to supply the Apache AH-64D Longbow because of time constraints. The Indian Army put out a tender for 22 attack helicopters and requested a reply from the Mesa, Ariz.-based company within 90 days.
"Boeing has regretfully concluded that it will not be able to prepare a fully compliant proposal in the time allotted," Boeing said. "We studied it and requested an eight-week extension, but the (defence) ministry told us we could only get four weeks," a spokeswoman said.
Bell Helicopter also said that it will not bid for the contract since it sells only through the U.S. government. The Indian Air Force stated that it wanted to buy directly from the manufacturer, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. India has now requested bids from Kamov and Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, AgustaWestland and Eurocopter, PTI said.