VIENNA Feb 16 Austria filed a lawsuit on
Thursday against Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium,
alleging them of wilful deception and fraud linked to a 2
billion euro ($2.1 billion) order for Eurofighter jets in 2003,
the defence ministry said.
A recently completed ministry investigation found that
Airbus and Eurofighter , with fraudulent
intent, misled Austria about the purchase price, the
deliverability and the equipment of the jets, the ministry said,
confirming earlier media reports.
The damages incurred to Austria could amount to 1.1 billion
euros, the findings said.
(Reporting by Kirsti Knolle and Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich;
editing by Jason Neely)