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Indal Agrees to Pay $3.5Mln to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Indal Technologies has made a $3.5 million settlement with the federal government following allegations that it sold flawed helicopter landing systems for use on US Navy destroyers, the Department of Justice said in a news release.

"The Department of Justice announced today that Indal Technologies has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold defective helicopter landing systems designed for US Navy destroyers," the release said on Monday.

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Indal, which is based in the province of Ontario in Canada, is a division within the US Curtiss-Wright Corporation of Charlotte, North Carolina.

"The settlement announced today resolves allegations that Indal, without informing the Navy, knowingly substituted a different, less expensive type of steel in numerous RAST [recovery, assist, secure and traverse] system track plates delivered to the Navy," the release said.

Since the 1970s, Indal has produced the RAST system attached to the US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class destroyers to allow helicopters to land on them. The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability, the Justice Department added.

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