Retired Air Chief is also aerospace consultant

Air Chief Marshal (retd) S P Tyagi, who Italian prosecutors allege was bribed in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal, is chairman of Williams Global Advisors, which offers consultancy in the aerospace and aviation sectors.

The company website earlier had a picture of Tyagi in flying gear; on Thursday, his name was missing from the site. However, the co-founder and president of the company, John Williams, clarified that Tyagi was still part of the firm.

The company offers "advisory services that are designed to answer key questions about your India engagement and provide real answers and advice that you can put to work in an accelerated time frame".

The site says, "You need a credible and reliable partner that understands the global industry, the Indian context, and can bridge the gap between the two." Services include everything "from conducting initial market assessments to providing business development assistance, to helping you negotiate contracts".

Air Chief Marshal Tyagi's combat experience includes strike and interdiction missions during the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars.

Tyagi is also actively associated with the Vivekananda International Foundation, a New Delhi-based think tank known for its pro-BJP and pro-RSS leanings. A senior member of the VIF advisory board confirmed that "Tyagi is very active in the foundation's functions and activities."

Tyagi has earlier been an additional director with Zuari Industries, and advisor to BHEL, Global Zero and Aspen Group. Global Zero is an international initiative "dedicated to achieving the phased, verified elimination of all nuclear weapons".

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