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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Lobbyists 'delaying Apache contract'

AH-64E ApacheA £1bn British army contract to replace its Apache attack helicopters is being held up due to lobbying by the firm AgustaWestland, Whitehall insiders have said.

The delays risk adding significantly to the cost of running the existing Apache fleet, and of acquiring new aircraft direct from Boeing in the US at a cheaper price.

The dilemma of giving work to a British firm or buying a much cheaper option is much like the one that occurred back in 1995 when the current generation of attack helicopters was bought.

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