Friday, January 12, 2018

Ka-226T preparing to land in India

Moscow: Despite the slow progress of the Russian Helicopters Ka-226T India-Russia deal, it is set to be signed at last in the first quarter of this year.

Andrey Boginsky, director general of Russian Helicopters, said that all details of the contract for delivery of 200 Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopters to the Indian MoD were expected to be finally agreed between the parties by mid-December 2017 but this is still yet to be confirmed.

In May 2015, the 3.6t Ka-226T was selected as the winner in the protracted and hotly contested tender of the Indian MoD which outlined the replacement of its existing fleet of HAL Chetak and Cheetah aircraft.

The seller is Russia’s arms export agency, Rosobornexport, and the total price of the contract will exceed US$1 billion. One hundred and forty of these helicopters will be produced locally under the wide-ranging Make in India initiative by the Indian-Russian joint-venture company while the initial 60 will be built in Russia, at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAP) in eastern Siberia.

The main contractor for the Ka-226T production in India will be the joint venture company established between Russian Helicopters and Indian aerospace company HAL in May 2017. It was eventually agreed between the partners that Russian Helicopters will hold a 49.5% stake in the joint venture, while Indian company HAL will take the remaining 50.5%.
11/01/18 Alex Mladenov/Shephard