Representatives of Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport are expected in Bangalore next week to hold talks with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on implementation of a project to manufacture the KA-226T helicopters in India.
A Russian source told defenseworld.net that the talks were intended to specify the technical roles on both sides to manufacture the twin-rotor choppers with modular payloads which are among the most advanced in the world.
Items for discussion include technology transfer to both HAL and private companies who would be selected to manufacture specific components for the project.
“This is perhaps the most technologically intensive Indian-Russian project as it is under the Indian Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ program. What we are looking at is involving Indian private industry right from the beginning to make components for the choppers,” said the source.
He added, “Both sides don’t want it to end up as another kit-assembly project. There has to be deep transfer of technology to Indian companies who would be part of the program.”
HAL on its part has selected a new site in Tumakuru on the outskirts of Bangalore to locate the KA-226T manufacturing facility.
The source declined to give a time-frame for the project’s implementation stating that this will form part of the discussion. Initial lots of the choppers would come equipped with a Turbomeca engine but later versions could have a Russian-made engine, he added.
The Indian Defence Acquisition Council had given the go-ahead in May 2015 to acquire the KA-226T for a requirement of 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters to replace older generation French-origin choppers with the Indian Army and Air Force.
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 could buy 50 Ka-226T Helicopters off- the-shelf from Russian helicopters and manufacture up to 150 more In India under the Make-in-India program. Russian sources told
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Indian and Russian experts are currently working on improving the technical concept of the KA-226T helicopters, which could mean customizing the choppers to Indian requirements. Sergei Goreslavsky, Deputy Director General of Rosoboronexport said in an interview to Interfax-AVN earlier this week that parallel to this activity, documentation for the creation of a joint venture in India and the setting up of an assembly plant was in “full swing
Russian Helicopters is in talks with its Indian partner Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to build helicopters and to establish long-term supply chain network in India. Russian Helicopters (RH), along with its main partner HAL are planning to work with a number of companies in the manufacturing and supply chain of helicopters and spare parts, deputy chief executive officer Igor Chechikov told PTI
Indian HAL and Russian Rosoboronexport are discussing to set up a joint venture company to manufacture Ka-226T helicopters in India. “Several rounds of discussion have taken place on forming the joint venture company for the production of Ka-226T in India,” sources told Defenseworld
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