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2018 Kamov contract 'more than double the price' of previous deal

KamovHelicopterPortugal’s taxpayers have been shelling out on firefighting helicopter hire at twice the previous hourly cost.

Heliportugal, the company which already faces court over a previous dispute, has been billing at the equivalent of €12,000-an-hour under a direct purchase contract for the hire of three battle-weary Kamov helicopters.

The Government rented the three Kamovs to fight fires between July and October this year. The cost has been about €3.6 million, equivalent to an hourly rate of €12,000 - more than double the €5,000-an-hour paid in a previous contract with Everjets, a contract which was scrapped in May this year.

The previous and controversial 20017 contract with Heliportugal, signed when António Costa was Minister of Internal Affairs, was ended by the government in 2014 due to allegations of non-compliance and ended up at the Attorney General's Office due to suspicion of irregularities.

The Court of Auditors pronounced that the Heliportugal contract did not represent value for money and "was not in the public interest."

Parts of the tatty Kamov helicopters used this year are in a poor state of repair but the National Civil Aviation Authority cited data protection law so as to avoid having to disclose how the machines received airworthiness certificates in only three days.

The Ministry of Home Affairs says the contract information released by TVI is "inaccurate." The Ministry claims that the contracting of Kamovs for the 2018 season was preceded by a consultation procedure with nine helicopter operators offering a range of helicopter options.

As for the hourly rate taxpayers have been stiffed with, the Ministry claims that it is not fair to calculate the hourly rate when the helicopters are under a multi-annual, fixed price contract which includes paying for maintenance.

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0 #6 Darcy 2018-09-16 23:07
Go on Charly, you tell us how much profit was made ! !
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+2 #5 Charly 2018-09-13 19:02
Yes indeed, dear Mutley, "the fire business" is definitely the most booming industry and or business in Portugal. That was also in 2003 and it is even worser in 2018. Simply ask Costa what profit can be make with the (useless) russian helicopters….
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+3 #4 Mutley 2018-09-13 11:43
The fire business is very rewarding for all involved. As with all other scams the people are just collateral damage.
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+2 #3 chez 2018-09-13 08:27
Quoting Roy Carpenter:
Helicopters are expensive compared to fixed wing aircraft and inefficient when dropping pure water, most of which evaporates before reaching the ground. Fixed wing aircraft carrying larger amounts of water/retardant mix would be more effective at half the cost.
Time to retire these ancient flying dinosaurs !!
Time to retire António Costa!
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+3 #2 Roy Carpenter 2018-09-12 19:19
Helicopters are expensive compared to fixed wing aircraft and inefficient when dropping pure water, most of which evaporates before reaching the ground. Fixed wing aircraft carrying larger amounts of water/retardant mix would be more effective at half the cost.
Time to retire these ancient flying dinosaurs !!
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-1 #1 Charly 2018-09-12 18:35
Why did babyface Antonio "change the contract" you think ???? Let's not forget he is a socialist...
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