Friday, June 23, 2017

HAL-Russian Helicopters form JV to assemble Ka-226T in India

Russian Helicopters and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has registered a joint venture for the license production of Ka-226T light helicopters in India.

The JV will produce at least 140 of the 200 Ka-226T helicopters India plans to acquire to replace the aged fleet of Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama /HAL Cheetah and SA 316B Alouette III/HAL Chetak light helicopter fleet operated by Indian Air Force, Navy and Army.

The venture will perform final assembly and repair of helicopters, as well as act as an integrator of the Indian supplier chain with a capacity to produce up to 35 helicopters per year.

The French made Arrius 2G1 turboshaft engines that powers the Ka-226T will be assembled jointly by HAL and Safran. Both of them already have extensive ties, through license assembly of the Safran Ardiden turboshaft engine by HAL, that powers the HAL developed Dhruv, Light Combat Helicopter and Light Utility Helicopter.

During trials in India, the Ka-226T demonstrated its capability to operate from the mountainous terrain and hot and humid climate in the country. It also achieved an altitude of 7,200 metres, exceeding Indian Army's 6,500 m requirement.
22/06/17 Aviation Analysis Wing