Friday, September 01, 2017

No plans to make Mi-17 copters in India: Russia

Russia has no plans to produce the Mi-17 military helicopters in India under the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme as of now, even as it is hoping to grab additional orders for this multipurpose choppers for the Indian armed forces.

In February, Russia shipped its last batch of Mi-17V-5 helicopters to India under a contract in which New Delhi procured 151 of these military transport helicopters.
The helicopters, which are being built by the Kazan Helicopter Plant (part of the Russian Helicopters of state-owned Rostec), are popular with the Indian armed forces. As a result, India had been urging the Russian company to set up an assembly line here.

“We are not going to produce it in India. It will be produced in Russia,” Sergey Detkov, Director of Sales Development, Russian Helicopters told BusinessLine.

According to the CEO of Kazan Helicopters Plant (part of Russian Helicopters) Vadim Ligay, localisation of Mi-17 production can happen in “future”.

However, the company has plans to open service centres in India for these Mi-17V-5 helicopters, which is the most advanced version of Mi-17 helicopter types.
30/08/17 Business Lines