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. Besides it has a modular cabin which can be disengaged from the main fuselage and application-specific cabins can be mounted.
"In a few minutes the helicopter can be modified from a utility chopper to a light attack helicopter to a medical evacuation facility. The twin rotors give it a unique manoeuvrability which some of the best attack helicopters in the world cannot match," said a source from Rostec who did not wish to be named.
Naturally, we are concerned with the intellectual property (IP) of the technologies employed in the helicopter and a state-owned company such as HAL will give us a comfort level as regards to IP protection that a privately held company cannot, the source said.
The second reason is that HAL is the only company in India with extensive helicopter manufacture including its own original product, the ALH Dhruv. It is the best positioned to absorb some of the cutting edge technologies in the KA-226T.
Economic Times news daily in August claimed, “Russia had announced an understanding with the subsidiary company of Reliance Infrastructure for the project, indicating that the company could be a lead integrator for the mega contract to manufacture 200 twin-engine helicopters for the Indian Army.”
It further reported that while an option to partner with defence public sector unit, HAL has also been kept open with the final approval resting with the Indian government.
The news daily quoted unnamed sources as saying that the Russian side has expressed keenness on a joint venture with under a new entity that could be named 'Reliance Helicopters'.
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
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
Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginskiy is scheduled to meet Indian defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman to discuss when to sign a contract and what production facility to use for a JV manufacturing Ka-226T helicopters in India. Besides, Boginskiy will discuss with Mrs
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
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
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
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