Thursday, October 13, 2016

India, Russia set to sign deal on 200 Kamov helicopters

New Delhi:  In a bid to replace the Army’s ageing chopper fleet, the lifeline for soldiers deployed in high-altitude areas, India and Russia are all set to seal a deal to manufacture 200 Kamov 226T helicopters in India.

According to defence sources, the deal worth nearly $1 billion is likely to be signed on the sidelines of the BRICS 2016 Summit in Goa on October 14-16.

According to a statement by Rostec State  Corporation, an umbrella organisation of about 700 Russian firms founded in 2007 to promote the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military purposes, “The complex agreement to set up a joint production facility of Ka-226T helicopters is expected to be signed at the BRICS forum.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his December 2015 visit to Moscow, signed a preliminary contract to replace the ageing Cheetah and Chetak light utility helicopters. A variety of negotiations on the expansion of the military, including technical cooperation and fortification of trade relations with India, will be held. In 2012, the Army headquarters had written a letter to the office of then defence minister A K Antony, in which it highlighted that some of the obsolete issues dogging the fleet were component failures, low reliability, accidents and increased structural failures.
13/10/16 New Indian Express
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