Russia is yet to find an Indian partner for the production of Ka-226T helicopters months after Russian Helicopters was chosen to supply choppers to the Indian defence forces by manufacturing in Indian together with a local partner.
Rosoboronexport head, Anatoly Isaikin was quoted as saying Tuesday by Ria Novosti Tuesday that India is inclined to buying Ka-226 and Russia is ready to help them. "According to the results of the tender, the Indian side is interested to purchase helicopters Ka-226 and to establish their own production. The Russian side is ready for the transfer of technology in India," Anatoly said.
The Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) chose Russian Helicopters for the procurement of 145 Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopters over Airbus helicopters on May 13, 2015. However, till date no talks have commenced with any potential partner, sources told Defenseworld.net.
Moscow had offered the helicopter to New Delhi during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India in December last year. Indian MoD had decided on buying LUH only through competition from domestic vendors in a virtual rejection of any government-to-government helicopter production deal.
Earlier, it was reported that state-run Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) could be a front runner for the helicopter partnership. “The state-run HAL is a front-runner for partnering with Russia for the Kamov Ka-226T helicopter project,” Sergey Chemezov, Rostec CEO on the sidelines of Moscow Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), 2015 had said.
India can manufacture 160 of 200 Kamov Ka-226T Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) meant to replace Cheetah and Chetak choppers with the rest 40 being made in Russia.
“Under the agreement reached between Russia and India on manufacturing 200 KA-226T helicopters, New Delhi will be free to build and export the aircraft to other countries,” Chemezov had said.
There were talks that apart from HAL, an Indian industrial group was also interested in partnering with Russian Helicopters. However, the group's apparent lack of expertise in the manufacture of helicopters or any other aviation product for that matter is reported to a dampener in the exercise.
A contract to set up a joint venture for the production of Kamov Ka-226T helicopters in India is likely to be signed at the upcoming Russian-Indian summit this year end. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov was quoted by Ria Novosti as saying, "As far as I know, our relevant departments have transferred the business plan, the vision of how to do it, and the Indian side is looking into it
Russia is expecting a formal notification from the Indian government on its decision to launch Ka-226T cargo-transport helicopter project at the earliest, Sputnik reported Thursday. We expect 200 aircraft to be manufactured in the initial phase, a formal notification from the Indian side is expected in the near future,” Alexander Mikheev, Russian Helicopters CEO was quoted as saying by the news website
Eurocopter's recent letter to the Indian Army Chief of Staff complaining of delay in announcing a winner in the Indian Army 197 helicopter tender, has to be seen in the backdrop of its Russian competitor's emerging confidence in bagging the deal. The Ka-226T helicopter, being sold internationally by Rosoboronexport, has emerged as a dark horse in the competition meeting most of the requirements of the tender, sources told Defenseworld
Russian Helicopters will showcase a Mi-171A2, an Ansat and a Ka-226T in the passenger mode at the 8th International Airshow, November 16-19 on Kish Island, Iran. Russian Helicopters will show a wide range of multirole civilian rotorcraft with goals to increase demand in Iran and from other customers in the Middle East
Fear of intellectual property loss combined with inexperience in helicopter manufacture led Russia's Rostec Corp to select Hindustan Aeronautics Limited over a private firm in the 'Make in India' program to manufacture KA-226T helicopters. The helicopter manufactured by Russian Helicopters boasts of certain unique technologies never before employed in any helicopter in its class anywhere in the world- It is the only chopper with a co-axial twin rotor and no tail rotor
Moscow and New Delhi have concluded an agreement to build at least 200 Ka-226T helicopters in India. Russia and India signed the helicopter manufacturing co-operation deal during the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modis visit to Moscow earlier this month
India and Russia are likely sign an agreement for the manufacture in India of the Kamov KA 226T helicopters during the visit of Prime Minister Modi in December. Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar who embarked on a three-day visit to Russia said in an interview to TASS that he hoped to use his visit to have the chooper deal negotiated and ready for signing when the Prime Minister arrives
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