India Blacklists Russian Defense Company

The Indian Defense Ministry has barred six companies, including a small Russian defense firm, from bidding for defense contracts for the next 10 years, Russia’s Vedomosti newspaper reported citing Indian media.

The Corporation Zashchita (Protection), which Indian officials identify as Corporation Defense Russia, has been put on the Indian “black list” in connection with a corruption case involving former Director General of Ordnance Factory Board Sudipta Ghosh that came into the spotlight three years ago.

The list also includes Israel Military Industries, Singapore Technologies Kinetics, Germany’s Rheinmetall Air Defense (RAD), and India’s T S Kisan and Co Pvt Ltd и R K Machine Tools Ltd.

Corporation Zashchita, founded in 1993, specializes in the development and manufacturing of armored protection for civilian and military vehicles. The company has not yet commented on the Indian move.

A criminal case against Sudipta Ghosh and 11 other officials was filed in 2009 on charges of bribery and “preferential treatment” of certain suppliers.


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