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5 reasons South Africa Arms Deal sweeteners turned sour

Ever since the South African government signed a US$4.8 billion deal to buy weapons from Swedish, British, German and South African defence companies in 1999, it has been hounded by allegations of corruption. The deal is still ongoing, and could still be cancelled. One of the justifications for the purchase was offset contracts – side […]

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The hidden price tag of defence contracts

The Indian government recently decided to spend $11 billion  to purchase Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation. The deal includes a commitment from the company to spend $6 billion in the country– a typical “offset” contract that often accompanies defence sales and can be spent on projects ranging from direct technology transfer to those unrelated […]

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Will New EU Defence spending Rules Reduce Corruption ?

Julia Muravska, project officer in Transparency International’s Defence and Security Programme, asks whether EU countries will use new EU laws to tackle corruption in defence spending – or use to fine print to avoid real change. Notorious corruption allegations in the defence sector, such as those surrounding the BAE /SAAB fighter jet sales to South […]

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