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Everjets fined €4 million for Kamov helicopter shambles

KamovHelicopter"The company responsible for the maintenance of the Kamov is now notified to pay penalties for non-compliance in 2017 and 2018 amounting to close to €4  million.  That is the extent of the breach of contract," said the Minister of Internal Administration in parliamant today.
 
Eduardo Cabrita is fully aware that not one of the six Kamov helicopters, purchased from Russia for €42 million and under a €46 million Everjets maintenance contract, is available for use.
 
"On 29 July, 2017, the National Civil Aviation Authority informed the company that it is not in a position to fulfil its contractual obligations regarding the maintenance of these aircraft," said Eduardo Cabrita.
 
"It is within this framework that we are considering all the solutions in defence of the public interest and are not concerned with issues of a private nature," added the minister, referring to the stench of corruption that has surrounded the Russian deal from day one and the lucrative air cover cartel that may still be  in operation.
 
The National Civil Protection Authority confirmed that ever since the Everjets contract began, the company has been grounding the Kamovs for no justifiable reason, "for a total of 224 hours."
 
Most of these no-fly periods were in 2016 (159 hours) and in 2017 (65 hours) with each hour triggering a fine, as per the terms of the four year contract.
 
The Civil Protection Authority confirmed that the number of hours the helicopters are needed but are inoperable,  are being totted up for this year but that fines have not yet been imposed because the accounts are not yet finalised.
 
Everjets is taking legal action after the National Civil Protection Authority shut down and sealed off the Kamov maintenance hangar, preventing further work by Russian aircraft engineers. The reason given was that spare parts had been going walk-about without permission. (HERE)

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+1 #5 nogin the nog 2018-04-08 13:53
Quoting Ed:
Quoting Harrison:
After ADN, the Portugal Resident is always a useful secondary source of news and being Portuguese Government managed; gives their take on matters
From the Resident we learn that "the Kamov fleet has already cost the country well over €348 million" The more numerate amongst us will have noted that ADN tells us that these machines cost €42 million and have a 4 year €46 million Everjets maintenance contract. So who has the missing 250 million euros and will he / she please stand and take a bow?
I checked with The Resident's top journalist who sent me this link to Visao showing the total cost over the years of these clapped out helicopters: http://visao.sapo.pt/actualidade/portugal/2016-04-07-Cada-hora-de-voo-de-um-Kamov-custou-35-mil-euros

The totted up cost over a decade has been €348.8 million. I usually refer only to the purchase cost. Either way, this purchase is an embarrassment and swirling in corruption, yet nobody has been brought to court.

Hmm
Mr Fonseca reckons he can follow the money at the speed of light. I wouldn't hold your breath on any notable jail sentences thou.. :-*
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+1 #4 Ed 2018-04-07 08:09
Quoting Harrison:
After ADN, the Portugal Resident is always a useful secondary source of news and being Portuguese Government managed; gives their take on matters
From the Resident we learn that "the Kamov fleet has already cost the country well over €348 million" The more numerate amongst us will have noted that ADN tells us that these machines cost €42 million and have a 4 year €46 million Everjets maintenance contract. So who has the missing 250 million euros and will he / she please stand and take a bow?
I checked with The Resident's top journalist who sent me this link to Visao showing the total cost over the years of these clapped out helicopters: http://visao.sapo.pt/actualidade/portugal/2016-04-07-Cada-hora-de-voo-de-um-Kamov-custou-35-mil-euros

The totted up cost over a decade has been €348.8 million. I usually refer only to the purchase cost. Either way, this purchase is an embarrassment and swirling in corruption, yet nobody has been brought to court.
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+2 #3 Harrison 2018-04-06 17:29
After ADN, the Portugal Resident is always a useful secondary source of news and being Portuguese Government managed; gives their take on matters
From the Resident we learn that "the Kamov fleet has already cost the country well over €348 million" The more numerate amongst us will have noted that ADN tells us that these machines cost €42 million and have a 4 year €46 million Everjets maintenance contract. So who has the missing 250 million euros and will he / she please stand and take a bow?
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+3 #2 Verjinie 2018-04-05 10:08
So, the minister is "not concerned" with corruption, then... Presumably, he considers using public money for corruption purposes outside of his view of the public's interests.
:-| :sad:
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+3 #1 Denby 2018-04-05 08:41
It seems very simple, the government have the right to terminate the contract immediately for breach of contract, then hire a company within the EU as these are covered by EU law and standard's.
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