Holding "Helicopters of Russia", JSC "Rosoboronexport" and the Indian Corporation HAL has registered a joint venture for manufacturing light helicopters Ka-226T and its versions in India. The production schedule provides for the issuance of up to 35 helicopters per year with the possibility of increasing production volumes. About it "lente.ru" reported in the press service of the holding.
"In the near future the enterprise will start its work, ensuring the supply of helicopters for the armed forces of India. We expect that such a good example of the close and mutually beneficial cooperation with our Indian colleagues will encourage our other partners to cooperate in this format," — said General Director of "Helicopters of Russia" Andrey Boginsky.
The company will conduct the final Assembly and repair of helicopters, and will also act as the integrator of the chain of Indian suppliers. Production of aggregates for helicopters will be placed on the capacities of the Indian industry. The Assembly of engines for the Indian Arrius 2G1 Ka-226T is planned for the joint platform of the French company Safran and the Corporation HAL, created in 2016 to service the power plants.
The agreement on cooperation in the field of helicopter between Russia and India was signed in 2015. It "Helicopters of Russia" together with "Rosoboronexport" will organize the delivery and the localization of production in India, 200 units of the Russian Ka-226T helicopter and its modifications, and at least 140 units of them should be produced in India. This is the first Russian-Indian high-tech project, implemented by the Indian government in the framework of the initiative "Make in India" (Make in India).
The ka-226T is a new version of the light multipurpose helicopter Ka-226, which appeared in 2008. Machine takeoff weight of 3.6 tons, has a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour and capable of carrying 1050-1100 kg payload in the cabin or on external sling.