Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chinook HC3 scandal down to MOD incompetance

Among all the scandals involving UK defence procurement the Chinook HC3 scandal has to be the worst of the lot, £500 million for 8 helicopters that can't be used. The problem is said to come from the MOD not requesting the software codes when it signed the original contract and later on not wanting to use software from Boeing at a cost of £40 million. Instead they said they would get it elsewhere for less. Boeing said it would not work and guess who was right? While Boeing's stubborness was also a factor you just wonder how such a scandal, that wastes hundreds of millions of pounds can take place without any apparent comeback?

5 comments:

Jessica D'Amico (JeDa) said...

ever wonder whether whomever's in charge of procurement has a clue what they're ordering and signing into?

Chris said...

No, i've worked long engough in the public sector to expect incompetance!

Jessica D'Amico (JeDa) said...

hopefully ur stomach stopped turning then, mine never does, particularly in view of public taxpayer moneys being at play

Chris said...

The raison d'etre of government is to waste money i believe.

Jessica D'Amico (JeDa) said...

alors, c'est un gran dommage