Meawhile Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne today said that, "The case of the VVIP helicopters- AW-101 from Agusta Westland, is with the Government and that the IAF had told the Govt that the existing VVIP carrier the Mi-8 helicopter will start phasing out from next year.
Three of the AW-101 are at Palam, in which 2 are in VVIP version, while one is in cargo configuration.
Contract for the AW-101 was frozen in February this year, following the reports about investigations in Italy, on kickbacks into the deal. Minimum flying training of the boys is taking place on the choppers.
Spares are limited, due to the contract being frozen, therefore flying is limited, to maintain serviceable condition of the choppers."
About the CBI inquiry, the Chief refused to reveal any more names, other than former Chief Tyagi.