New Delhi: Apparently peeved at the practice of blacklisting of companies after allegations of kick-backs, Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta said on Saturday the procedures involved needed to be amended as it led to delays in acquisition of urgently-required weapon systems.

Hope for early nod

Speaking to reporters here, he hoped for early nod from the government for procurement of additional Barak missiles from Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Limited, an Israeli company, which was under suspicion following allegations of kick-backs.

“India has been blacklisting major companies such as HDW and Bofors after controversy hit defence deals. It has often caused difficulties for us to buy weapons systems. India’s immediate requirements need to be met,” the Naval chief said after flagging in an NDA expedition team that successfully scaled Mount Deo Tibba in Himachal Pradesh recently. — PTI

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