Vijay Mallya’s Plea Against Fugitive Economic Offender Tag Rejected


Vijay Mallya is currently in United Kingdom. (File)

Mumbai: 

A special court on Tuesday rejected businessman Vijay Mallya’s plea seeking a stay on the proceedings initiated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to declare him a fugitive economic offender (FEO).

Special judge MS Azmi rejected Mr Mallya’s plea and said the court will hear arguments on the main ED plea to declare the beleaguered industrialist an FEO on November 22.

The special court had heard extensive arguments on Friday from Mr Mallya’s lawyer as well as the ED counsel on his petition seeking a stay on proceedings of the financial crime probe agency against him.

The ED has sought that Mr Mallya, who is currently in the UK, be declared an FEO and his properties be confiscated and brought under the control of the Union government as per provisions of the new FEO Act.

Mallya’s counsel Amit Desai, however, had urged the court, set up under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), to refrain from hearing the ED’s plea at least till November 26.

Desai had told the court that earlier this month, the appellate tribunal against money laundering had directed the ED to maintain status quo with regard to Mallya’s properties till November 26, the next date of hearing before the tribunal.

The ED, represented by advocate D P Singh, however, had told the court that Desai’s arguments were aimed only at ensuring that Mallya did not have to face any proceedings before any court in India.

He has no intention of repaying anyone, or, of ever coming back to India. Mallya is using the pending extradition proceedings and his bail conditions imposed by an English court as mere excuses to avoid coming back to India. Declaring him an FEO is the only way to bring him back, ED had told court.

The ED had also argued the court could first declare Mallya an FEO and then wait for the tribunal’s proceedings before acting upon the agency’s plea for confiscation of the embattled liquor tycoon’s properties and assets.

Mallya, accused of defaulting on loan repayments and money laundering, left India in March 2016.

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering.





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India Must Shed ‘Largest Arms Importer’ Tag, Says Defence Production Secretary Ajay Kumar


Public-private partnership in defence in the country is being encouraged to step up arms exports

Kolkata: 

The secretary in the department of defence production (DP) Ajay Kumar today said India has overtaken China as the world’s largest arms importer and should shed the tag.

He said the public-private partnership in defence in the country is being encouraged to step up arms exports and licensing system in some items that had been liberalised.

“India is the world’s largest arms importer, a place which earlier belonged to China”, he said over video conference from Delhi at a seminar organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

Mr Kumar said, “If China could (reduce dependence on imports productions) then why cannot India”?

Citing the instance of Mexico, he said the central American country has established a huge aero-manufacturing base and exports to the US and Europe.

According to MR Kumar, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council are responsible for 74 per cent of the global arms trade. “What part of that pie we need to have?” he asked, adding that many countries were willing to buy arms from India.

Mr Kumar said that testing infrastructure would be set up for the private sector also.

Former chief of Air Staff Arup Raha said, “unfortunately India continues to depend on imports for high-end weapon systems”. 





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Fakhar Zaman Says Favourites Tag Suits Pakistan For 2019 World Cup


In-form Fakhar Zaman on Friday said that the favourites tag for the 2019 ICC World Cup suits Pakistan perfectly. Top-order batsman Fakhar Zaman has enjoyed a purple patch for his national team in the past few months. Zaman has notched up the scores of 85, 210 not out, 43 not out and 117 in his last four innings in the One-day Internationals (ODIs). He also said that Pakistan will be well equipped to win the 2019 World Cup at England and Wales. “We will travel to England to win the title and not just to make up the numbers. I do feel that it is right for us to be labelled favourites for the 2019 World Cup as our team will be well equipped for this tournament,” Zaman was quoted as saying by ICC.com.

However, Zaman said that his current focus is on the Asia Cup 2018 where Pakistan will take on arch-rivals India.

“At the moment, I am fully focused on doing well in the upcoming Asia Cup,” Zaman said.

“Of course, the 2019 World Cup is an important tournament, but it’s far too early for me to start planning for it as there are other international assignments to take care of before that tournament,” he added.

Zaman averages a magnificent 76.07 for Pakistan in the 50-over format. However, he is still to get a break in Test cricket for the side.

The 28-year-old Zaman also said to prove himself in the longest format of the game will always remain his dream.

“Regardless of which team I play against, the fact is that Test cricket is one format that provides the ultimate test of skills for a player and to perform well in this form of the game is my dream,” Zaman said.



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Harbhajan Singh Slams Hardik Pandya’s Performance, Says “We Have To Remove All-Rounder Tag From Him”


Slamming Hardik Pandya’s performance in the ongoing Test series against England, India spinner Harbhajan Singh said the 24-year-old doesn’t deserve to be referred to as an all-rounder. Harbhajan has criticised Pandya who has failed with both bat and ball in the first two Tests against England. Pandya has scored 90 runs in four innings and has managed to pick 3 wickets in the series so far.

“He (Hardik Pandya) hasn’t got many runs as a batsman and the captain doesn’t seem to have confidence in his bowling. If he doesn’t bowl in these conditions then things will only get difficult for him and the Indian team in the future,” Harbhajan told AajTak

Harbhajan went on to compare Pandya’s performance with the likes of England all-rounder Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes who have contributed really well in their team’s victory.

“We have to remove the all-rounder tag from him as an all-rounder contributes in both the departments as Stokes, Curran did in the first Test and now Woakes has done at the Lord’s. The same is expected of Hardik Pandya, he cannot become Kapil Dev overnight!,” the spinner added.

After losing the first Test at Edgbaston, India suffered a humiliating innings and 159 runs loss at the hands of England in the second Test at Lord’s.

“As a bowling unit, we tried but all of a sudden the ball stopped swinging and they – (Chris) Woakes and (Jonny) Bairstow – took the game away,” Pandya had said after the match.

“It happens – I’ve seen in Tests. You get four or five wickets quickly and then you get one partnership. Even with our batting line-up, it has happened many times. It’s just a part of the game,” Pandya said.

Pandya has played 9 Tests so far and scored 458 runs at an average of 32.71, including one century and three fifties.



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Harbhajan Singh Slams Hardik Pandya’s Performance, Says “We Have To Remove All-Rounder Tag From Him”


Slamming Hardik Pandya’s performance in the ongoing Test series against England, India spinner Harbhajan Singh said the 24-year-old doesn’t deserve to be referred to as an all-rounder. Harbhajan has criticised Pandya who has failed with both bat and ball in the first two Tests against England. Pandya has scored 90 runs in four innings and has managed to pick 3 wickets in the series so far.

“He (Hardik Pandya) hasn’t got many runs as a batsman and the captain doesn’t seem to have confidence in his bowling. If he doesn’t bowl in these conditions then things will only get difficult for him and the Indian team in the future,” Harbhajan told AajTak

Harbhajan went on to compare Pandya’s performance with the likes of England all-rounder Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes who have contributed really well in their team’s victory.

“We have to remove the all-rounder tag from him as an all-rounder contributes in both the departments as Stokes, Curran did in the first Test and now Woakes has done at the Lord’s. The same is expected of Hardik Pandya, he cannot become Kapil Dev overnight!,” the spinner added.

After losing the first Test at Edgbaston, India suffered a humiliating innings and 159 runs loss at the hands of England in the second Test at Lord’s.

“As a bowling unit, we tried but all of a sudden the ball stopped swinging and they – (Chris) Woakes and (Jonny) Bairstow – took the game away,” Pandya had said after the match.

“It happens – I’ve seen in Tests. You get four or five wickets quickly and then you get one partnership. Even with our batting line-up, it has happened many times. It’s just a part of the game,” Pandya said.

Pandya has played 9 Tests so far and scored 458 runs at an average of 32.71, including one century and three fifties.



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India On Course To Hold On To “Fastest Growing” Tag, Says IMF International Monetary Fund


IMF India Staff Report said India accounts for about 15 per cent of global growth (File)

Washington: 

Observing that India”a near-term macroeconomic outlook is “broadly favorable”, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that the country is on course to hold its position as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Following its Executive Board’s assessment concluded last month, the IMF said on Tuesday that key risks to the Indian economy include higher oil prices, tightening global financial conditions and tax revenue deficits.

“The near-term macroeconomic outlook is broadly favorable. Growth is forecast to rise to 7.3 per cent in FY2018/19 and 7.5 per cent in FY2019/20, on strengthening investment and robust private consumption,” an IMF release said.

“Headline inflation is projected to rise to 5.2 per cent in FY2018/19, as demand conditions tighten, along with the recent depreciation of the rupee and higher oil prices, housing rent allowances, and agricultural minimum support prices.”

IMF mission chief for India Ranil Salgado said the Indian economy at present is like “an elephant starting to run”.

Continuing structural reforms would be key to high growth, he said, adding that further rationalisation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would give maximum benefits, while labour reforms would be an incentive for companies to expand.

Underlining India’s importance for the world economy, the IMF India Staff Report also said the country accounts for about 15 per cent of global growth.

Persistently high retail inflation expectations, large government fiscal deficits and debt remain key macroeconomic challenges, the multilateral financing agency said.

“Systemic macrofinancial risks persist, as the weak credit cycle could impair growth and the sovereign-bank nexus has created vulnerabilities,” it said.

Domestic risks pertain to tax revenue shortfalls related to continued GST implementation issues and delays in addressing the twin balance sheet problems and other structural reforms,” it added.

The IMF also said that the Reserve Bank of India should be given full supervisory powers over government-owned banks, while the legal independence of RBI must also be clarified.

The report also recommended higher private sector participation in Indian banking.

 





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Ishant Sharma Rubbishes ‘Defensive Bowler’ Tag After Sterling Show On Day 3


“I just go with my gut feel and situation of the game. At times you have to bowl defensively and at times you have to bowl attackingly. It depends on the situation, how you will deal with it, and I try to adapt to situation and bowl accordingly,” Ishant told reporters at the post day’s press conference on Friday night.

Ishant ran through England’s middle and lower order to record figures of 5/51. The Delhi bowler registered his eighth five-wicket haul in the longest format of the game in the process.

Ishant played four matches for Sussex in the County Championship Division Two earlier this year, scalping an impressive 15 wickets and even scoring a half-century.

He credited his stint with Sussex for giving him the confidence and experience to do well in English conditions.

“Playing county cricket has helped me a lot. I was disappointed a bit (on missing out IPL) but I figured whatever happens it’s for your good. It was a good experience and I enjoyed it a lot. I played for Sussex and bowling with Duke’s ball was good,” said the fast bowler.

“The good thing was I had overs behind me. I played four matches for Sussex, and a few one-day matches too, but I bowled nearly 250 overs in that.

“It feels nice to represent your country, come abroad and take five wickets in an innings, especially the second one. I bowl hard but my wickets’ column doesn’t (always) become bigger. It feels nice to work hard as a bowler,” he added.

Ishant bowled a sensational spell in the post lunch session and destroyed the English middle-order. He changed angles to come round the wicket and most of the English left-handed batsmen found it difficult to handle his swing. Asked about the ploy, Ishant said it was a pre-meditated plan.

“In the first innings, we wanted to take the ball away from the left-handers. I started over the stumps but when the ball started to do things I came around. “Bowling coach told me to come around the stumps straightway. It becomes a difficult angle for the batsmen. When I start to swing the ball, it becomes very difficult for the left-handers,” he said.

India finished day three at 110 for 5, still needing 84 runs for victory. Skipper Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 43 in the company of Dinesh Karthik (18).

Even though the visitors find themselves in a precarious spot, Ishant was confident of India wining the Test with captain Kohli still there at the crease.

“He (Kohli) is someone who always gives you positive energy and that is a big thing as captain. He always wants to do something special for Team India and everybody knows how professional he is,” he said.

“The good thing is that I have scored a 50 in county cricket, so I am carrying that confidence in my batting as well. Hopefully, they don’t need me, and Virat and DK will do the job.”

(With PTI Inputs)



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Top Court To Hear Plea Seeking Heritage City Tag For Agra


The top court has been monitoring development in the area to protect the Taj Mahal

New Delhi: 

The Supreme Court today said it would hear on August 28 an application, filed in the matter related to protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal, which has sought to declare Agra as a heritage city.

A bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta was told by environmentalist M C Mehta, the petitioner in the case, that nothing has been done by the authorities to prevent encroachment in and around the historic monument.

He referred to his application filed earlier in which he had sought a direction to declare Agra a heritage city.

“Let Agra be declared a heritage city,” he told the bench, adding that authorities have failed to comply with the directions passed by the top court in the matter.

The counsel appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government told the bench that Mr Mehta had filed the application around 10 years ago and the state had filed a reply earlier.

The counsel submitted that state government would file a fresh affidavit on the plea giving details of the present status.

However, the bench said it had made it clear yesterday that affidavits would be filed in the matter only by the joint secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the commissioner of Agra Division and the director general of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

“We had made it clear that we are not going to entertain any affidavit filed by anybody else except these three officials. New affidavits have to be filed only by these three persons,” the bench said.

Attorney General K K Venugopal had yesterday told the bench that the joint secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Commissioner of Agra Division would be the officers responsible for the maintenance of the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ).

The bench was also apprised that the director general of the ASI would be responsible for the maintenance of Taj Mahal.

The TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq km spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.

During the hearing today, Mr Mehta told the bench that even after top court’s orders, encroachment in the area was not removed.

The bench, while listing the matter for further hearing on August 28, said that authorities could file supplementary affidavits giving the latest details.

The top court has been monitoring development in the area to protect the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal at Agra.

Its construction was completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The ivory white marble mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.





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What If Taj Mahal’s World Heritage Tag Is Withdrawn, Top Court To Centre


he Supreme Court had earlier asked who was responsible for the preservation of Taj Mahal.

New Delhi: 

The Supreme Court today slammed the Centre, the Uttar Pradesh government and Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) authority for their failure to restore the pristine glory of Taj Mahal and asked what would happen if UNESCO withdraws the world heritage site tag of the iconic monument.

The top court came down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government for filing a draft report of the vision document on protection of the Taj Mahal and observed it was “surprising” that the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), which was responsible for preservation of the ivory white marble mausoleum, was not even consulted in the process.

A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also wondered as to how 1,167 polluting industries were operating in the TTZ area and said that the TTZ authority, which was set up following a top court order of 1996, was a “flop” and it appeared that a ‘tamasha’ (drama) was going on in the matter.

TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq km spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.

“The UNESCO’s world heritage centre is in Paris. Have you been filing management plan (of Taj Mahal) before the world heritage centre of UNESCO? This is not being filed. What will happen if the UNESCO says that we will withdraw the world heritage tag of Taj Mahal,” the bench asked Attorney General KK Venugopal.

Responding to it, Mr Venugopal said, “It will be great, great embarrassment for the country” and “we cannot afford to get it (Taj Mahal) removed from the list of UNESCO’s world heritage site”.

The bench, while making it clear that somebody has to take responsibility for protection of the Taj Mahal, asked the Attorney General to “categorically and unequivocally” appraise the court by July 30 as to which departments of the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government would be responsible for maintenance and protection of TTZ.

It also directed the authorities to inform it by July 30 about the short term measures which were essential and needed to be acted upon immediately for protection of Taj Mahal and TTZ.

“We would also like to know from the government of India whether the authorities have submitted the management plan to the world heritage centre of UNESCO at Paris for Taj Mahal,” it said.

The bench came down heavily on TTZ authority and said it has done nothing and the situation would not have become so serious if the authority would have done its work properly.

At the outset, the bench pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government for filing a draft report of the vision document and asked whether the apex court was supposed to vet it.

“Why have you given a draft plan? Are we supposed to vet it for you? Is it our job to vet it,” the bench said, adding, “What is this going on? Are we supposed to correct your draft report?”.

“Is this the kind of concern which you are showing? What is this happening?,” the bench said.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the state, said that the draft report of vision document was prepared as per the apex court’s directive and it was prepared by School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi and not be the Uttar Pradesh government.

“The attempt is to show our bonafide. Now, there will be consultations on it and within a period stipulated by the court, the final report will be prepared,” the ASG said.

The bench then referred to an affidavit filed by TTZ and told Mr Venugopal, “It says 1,167 polluting industries are right there. This is the figure by the officials”.

The Attorney General said these industries were running on “clean fuel” and told the bench that draft report was prepared as per court’s direction and the apex court should tell the authorities as to what they should do.

“Frankly, what the Supreme Court has undertaken is so massive,” he told the bench and said tremendous efforts were put in for preparing the draft report and Rs 28 lakh was spent for it.

When the bench observed that it was only a draft report and it could be changed later, Mr Venugopal said, “it cannot be in a final form as other stakeholders can give their suggestions on it”.

“You are not doing us a favour. Let’s be clear about it,” the bench said.

During the hearing, the bench took exception that affidavits were filed in the matter by Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the TTZ authority and other agencies.

The top court also said that the draft report be supplied to a panel of conservation experts, including INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), ICOMOS (The International Council on Monuments and Sites) and the Aga Khan Foundation, so that they could also give their comments and suggestions on the draft report within four weeks.

It said that draft report be supplied to environmentalist M C Mehta, the petitioner in the case, so that he could also give his suggestions.

The court has posted the matter for hearing with regard to draft report on August 28.





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The US Air Force’s Toilet Seat Covers Come With A Price Tag Of $10,000


US Air Force paid about $10,000 each to replace toilet seat covers on the C-5 Galaxy (Representational)

To the Air Force, it’s a “cover-center wall, troop compartment latrine … required to protect the aircraft from corrosion damage in the latrine area.”

To the rest of us, it’s a toilet cover. And until recently, it had a price tag of $10,000.

Officials said last week that the U.S. Air Force paid about $10,000 each to replace toilet seat covers on the C-5 Galaxy, a Vietnam-era military cargo plane that is still in service, at least three times and as recently as last year.

The reason, they say, is that the plane’s manufacturer no longer produces the part, forcing the government to order a customized one when it needs to be replaced. More recently the service has been able to cut the average cost of the toilet cover to about $300 by using a 3-D printer, an approach that top officials want to replicate for other acquisitions.

The toilet part’s price was confirmed by Air Force media relations chief Ann Stefanek in a phone conversation and in a separate interview with Assistant Air Force Secretary Will Roper.

“We are not now, nor will we in the future buy that aircraft part at that price, because we can now do so more cheaply using 3-D printing,” Stefanek said, referring to the toilet seat cover on the C-5. “Using this new process allows us to make parts that are no longer in production and is driving major cost savings.”

Their comments came after Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, raised the issue in a June 6 letter to Defense Department Inspector General Glenn Fine, which in turn cited a May 29 article in the trade publication Defense One. Grassley’s office released the letter publicly last week.

Air Force officials describe the $10,000 toilet cover as a case of supply-chain economics gone wrong.

The C-5 dates to the 1960s, when it was used to move troops and cargo during the Vietnam War. Lockheed Martin, the plane’s original manufacturer, shut down its C-5 production line in 2001 when the military stopped buying new models. But the Air Force still counts 52 of them in its fleet, and some of them have been put to use in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Keeping the old planes ready to fly means bits of hardware occasionally need to be replaced. Since the Air Force maintains painstakingly specific requirements for equipment components – even toilet parts – doing so is rarely as simple as a trip to Home Depot.

The Air Force says that with the Lockheed’s C-5 production line no longer active, there is no company with a fully staffed assembly line ready to produce exactly what it needs. That means the government has to hire a manufacturer to make a mold of the original toilet seat cover, redesign two-dimensional drawings to make sure the cover fits, manufacture a mold for the part, and then produce it – effectively reverse-engineering the toilet cover and building it from scratch.

A profit-minded government contractor might be persuaded to absorb those costs if it could spread them across hundreds or thousands of toilets. But when the payoff is just one sale, businesses demand a higher price.

Still, Air Force officials said such situations should be avoidable.

“If we can’t make (airplane parts) ourselves we have to live with what the market can produce at a profitable level,” Roper said. “But of course we should not be paying industry for something that we can make more cheaply ourselves.”

Lawmakers weighing whether to increase funding for the military do not appear to take that argument seriously. After all, it’s a toilet part.

In his letter, Grassley chided the Defense Department over what he called a “spare parts rip-off.” He drew parallels to a similar incident in the 1980s, also involving the C-5’s toilet, in which it was disclosed that the toilet seat itself cost $640. The toilet seat became a symbol of government waste in the Reagan era; longtime Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herblock would often depict Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger with a toilet seat around his neck.

“Thanks to Mr. Roper … we now have, some 30 years later, an on-the-record updated price for a new airborne toilet-related item – $10,000, and that’s just for the cover,” Grassley wrote, describing Roper’s justification as “not credible” and “in need of scrutiny.”

Good-government advocates similarly chided the Air Force.

“The fact that the Air Force paid $10,000 per toilet seat cover last year is concerning because it shows a lack of foresight of needs and being good financial stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Scott Amey, general counsel of the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight.

Loren Thompson, a defense consultant who works for the Lexington Institute, a think tank that gets funding from defense contractors, said he is worried that the military will be unable to buy next-generation weapons systems if it spends too much on overpriced spare parts.

“There are probably thousands of examples like this, because since the Cold War the entire fleet is getting old,” he said. “Once parts are out of production, replacing them becomes extremely expensive because they all have to be custom built. On the other hand, nobody wants the toilet to have no top when you make a 90-degree turn. That could be a problem.”

To his point, about 70 percent of the Air Force’s budget goes to “sustainment” of aging equipment. Such costs apply not just to the Air Force’s cargo planes but also to Army vehicles such as the M1 Bradley tank and the Navy’s Ohio-class nuclear submarines, for example. Some important systems are older even than the C-5: Boeing’s B-52 Stratofortress, which would theoretically be among the U.S. military’s options to deliver an air-launched nuclear warhead in the event of nuclear war, dates back to the 1950s.

These vehicles become more expensive to maintain as they age, and the taxpayer doesn’t always get the best deal when the military goes shopping for parts. The Defense Department Office of the Inspector General said in a 2015 summary of 32 parts-related audits that the government spent $154.9 million more than was necessary for such items, often because the government failed to negotiate effectively. The spending issues include $645 for a dime-size gear from Boeing that sold elsewhere for just $12.50; overpayments for vehicle repair parts that resulted in the Humvee manufacturer AM General being told to pay the military back; and alleged overpayment for engine parts for Pratt & Whitney’s F117 Nighthawk engine.

In some cases, the government has been forced to go to a monopoly supplier because a company holds a patent. That’s what happened in late February when the manufacturing giant United Technologies was awarded a $2.5 billion contract to supply a grab bag of spare parts such as landing gear and flight sensors – complex items for which the company owns intellectual property.

In his interview with Defense One, Roper suggested that a possible solution for such situations would be for the Air Force to simply print the part and pay the contractor “some kind of profit margin or royalty.”

“If we had kind of a licensing or fee agreement with them, we should be able to print that part and they get a kickback or a royalty and off we go,” he said. “It’s that kind of creative thinking that we need to do.”

The Air Force wants to use 3-D printing to solve such problems. For more than a year the service has been using “additive manufacturing” methods to make more expendable items such as toilet parts and door handles, with plans to later move on to more important components. So far, one C-5 toilet cover replacement has been printed using this method, at a cost of about $300, Stefanek said.

Roper says he wants to use technology to drive long-standing inefficiencies out of the Pentagon’s vast supply chain.

“I want to get where we can supply parts that we can’t get elsewhere,” Roper said. “Right now we’re reacting to parts for planes that were built decades ago.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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