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Pentagon Found to Pay Textron Unit $8,124 for a $445 Gear

The Pentagon paid Textron Inc.’s Bell Helicopter unit $8,123.50 each for gears that should have cost $445.06, according to a report by the Defense Department’s inspector general.

The bevel gears that were marked up 18-fold were part of $9 million in excess payments by taxpayers cited by the watchdog office.