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.”
At the first stage, a few dozen assembled Ka-226T’s are to be delivered to India in a fly-away condition followed by manufacturing the helicopters in Indian under the Make in India program.
He added that the Russian side was ok with the Indian position that helicopters manufactured in India should also be exported. “Conceptually, we are positive about this, but all these things need to be agreed on so that this venture would be mutually rewarding.”
India wants the KA-226T to replace the Cheetah and Cheetak helicopters in service with the Indian armed forces. The Russian machines are expected to perform a variety of missions including transport, casualty evacuation, search-and-rescue and light attack.
As part of localisation, the Indian side would want Indian electronic components to be fitted onto the choppers.
Meanwhile, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has not yet finalized a location for housing the KA-226T helicopter facility. Local media reports said, “Discussions are on to manufacture the Ka-226T in Nashik, Maharashtra, though Bengaluru happens to be the main ground for manufacturing helicopters. Bengaluru has the wherewithal and the necessary manpower. However, all Russian production is done out of Nashik,” the HinduBusinessline reported.
This will be the first cooperation between HAL and Russian helicopters for the manufacture of helicopters. HAL wants to include the participation of its 4,000-plus vendors to supply parts and components for the helicopters.
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
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
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
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
Russias state hi-tech corporation Rostec is expecting to start initial deliveries of 10 Kamov Ka-226T helicopters to India by this year once it receives the payment. "We are planning to deliver the first batch of 10 helicopters after we receive the first payment
Russia and India have formally approved a joint venture between Russian Helicopters and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) for the manufacture of 200 Kamov-226T helicopters. The Russian Presidential office has given a final approval to the $1 billion inter-governmental agreement after reservations from New Delhi over cost sharing,
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
The Russian-Indian enterprise created by Russian Helicopters, JSC Rosoboronexport and India's HAL Corporation must arrange the localization of production and supply of 200 light multirole Ka-226T for 9 years. The first 60 helicopters will be produced in Russia, and the production of the remaining 140 helicopters is being planned in India
India and Russia are likely to sign an agreement for production of 200 Kamov 226T helicopters in India to replace the countrys aging Cheetah and Chetak helicopters. The agreement is expected to be signed during the upcoming 2016 BRICS summit in Goa from October 13 to October 16
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