India has signed a co-operation agreement with Russia for the production of 200 Kamov Ka-226T light multi-role helicopters. The deal was signed on December 24 during the two-day official visit to Moscow by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Under the terms of the agreement, a Russian-India joint venture will be created involving Rostec-JSC Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The deal will involve HAL producing the Ka-226T in India. It also provides for maintenance, operation and repair of the helicopters, along with technical support.
The first 60 Ka-226Ts will be built at Russian Helicopters’ Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise facility in Russia, while the remaining 140 will be assembled in India by HAL. In the future, this co-operation may be extended to joint marketing of the helicopter to third-party countries.
Approval for the deal had been given by India’s Defence Acquisition Council at a meeting on May 13, 2015. The type will replace the HAL Cheetah and Chetak helicopters operated by the Indian Ari Force and Army. Alan Warnes