In India, Production Will Be Organized of Ka-226T and Its Variants
(Source: Rostec; issued December 28, 2015)
(Issued in Russian; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
After over a decade of competitions, at least two of which were subsequently cancelled for irregularities, India has signed an agreement with Russia to co-produce at least 200 Kamov Ka-226T light helicopters. (RusHelo photo)
During the official visit to Moscow by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an agreement was signed between India and Russia on cooperation in the field of helicopters. The document was signed in the presence of President Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister of India.
Under the agreement, the State Corporation Rostec will organize the production of the Russian Ka-226T and its variants in India, in not less than 200 units. The document also provides for the maintenance, operation and repair of helicopters and their technical support.
"The agreement with India is the result of long work with our Indian partners. This is the first Russian-Indian high-tech project implemented by the Indian government in the framework of the “Make in India”. The organization of manufacture of helicopters provided by the creation in India of Russian-Indian joint venture, which includes holdings Rostec "Rosoboronexport" and "Russian Helicopters", and from the Indian side Corporation HAL," said General Director of the State Corporation Sergei Chemezov Rostec.
According to him, in the long term the program can be extended, and both sides are considering joint access to the markets of third countries.
"The competitive advantage of Rostec is that we are ready to deal with not only the export of helicopters to India, but we can offer our partners the establishment of production technologies," said Sergey Chemezov.
Russia and India have long term cooperation in the supply of Russian helicopters, CEO of the holding Helicopters of Russia Alexander Mikheyev said.
"Production of the light Ka-226T in India is a big step forward in the development of business relations between the two countries,” says Alexander Mikheyev. “Through the implementation of this ambitious project, we plan to strengthen the position of the holding company in the strategically important South Asian market. I am confident that the project will be successful, and will open new prospects for cooperation between India and Russia. "
The light multipurpose helicopter Ka-226T was developed by Kamov, part of the holding Russian Helicopters, and is serially produced by Kum APP. It is based on coaxial main rotors and features excellent handling and installed power.
Ka-226T is equipped with modern navigation equipment. It can be easy to maneuver in dense urban high-rise buildings and mountains. The absence of a tail rotor and its compact dimensions allow the use of small airfields. The helicopter has a low noise level and meets the latest environmental requirements. It has a replaceable transport module, which allows changing the helicopter’s mission in a short time.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Commenting the agreement, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “The Inter-Governmental Agreement on manufacture of Kamov 226 helicopter in India is the first project for a major defence platform under the Make in India mission. It is rightly with our most important defence partner.
“We have made progress on a number of other defence proposals. These would boost defence manufacturing in India and India's defence readiness with next generation equipment.”
According to Indian media reports, the initial contract is worth over $1 billion.)
HAL Ties Up with Russia's Rostech Corp to Manufacture Kamov Helicopters
(Source: Press Trust of India; published Dec 29, 2015)
NEW DELHI --- Russia's Rostech State Corporation has tied up with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for manufacture of at least 200 Kamov 226T light helicopters to replace the ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak, in a deal estimated to be worth USD one billion under 'Make in India' initiative.
"The agreement with India is the result of the long work with our Indian partners," CEO of Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said.
"The organization for the manufacture of helicopters is provided by the creation of a Russian-Indian joint venture in India, which includes holdings of Rostec-JSC 'Rosoboronexport' and 'Russian Helicopters", and on the India side the corporation 'HAL' (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)," he said.
This is the first Russian-Indian high-tech project implemented by the Indian government within the framework of the 'Make in India' programme.
During the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Moscow, an agreement was signed between the two countries on cooperation in the field of helicopter manufacturing.
The document was signed in the presence of Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the document, Rostec will organize in India the production of Russian Ka-226T and its modifications in the amount of not less than 200 units.
The agreement also provides for maintenance, operation and repair of helicopters. Chemezov said that in future, the programme can be extended and both partners are considering the possibility of joint access to other markets as well.
Incidentally, Modi is set to inaugurate a new helicopter production facility of HAL at Tumkur in Karnataka on Sunday. Sources said that while the facility would be used for manufacture of Advanced Light Helicopters, Kamov could also be built there.
Defence Ministry had in August last year scrapped a scam-tainted tender worth over Rs 6,000 crore to procure 197 light utility helicopters for army and air force to replace the fleet of Cheetah and Chetak choppers, which are used to move troops and equipment to high-altitude locations like Siachen.
Following Russia's offer to manufacture Kamov in India, the Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, accepted it. Though the initial order is only for 200 helicopters, it is likely to be increased later on.
In a report submitted to Parliament recently, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India said that out of the 181 Cheetah/Chetak helicopters held by the Army, 51 were 40 years or older and 78 were between 30-40 years old.
A group of army officers’ wives had in March this year urged the Defence Minister to stop the use of "outdated" Cheetah and Chetak helicopters, which have claimed a number of lives in mishaps.
Meanwhile, Chemezov said in a statement that Rostec's competitive advantage lies in the fact that they are ready to deal with not only the localization of helicopters in India, but offer partners "the localization of production technology".
"The organization of production of the light Ka-226T in India is a big step forward in the development of business relations between the two countries," said the CEO of the holding company, Russian Helicopters, Alexander Mikheyev.
"Through the implementation of this ambitious project, we plan to strengthen the position of Russian Helicopters in the strategically important South Asian market. I am confident that the project will be successful and will open new prospects for cooperation between India and Russia," he added.
The light multipurpose helicopter Ka-226T, a development of Kamov, is part of the holding company Russian Helicopters.
It is built on the scheme coaxial rotors and features excellent handling and installed power. Ka-226T is equipped with modern navigation equipment. It can easily manoeuvre in both, dense urban (between high-rise buildings) as well as non-urban environments (such as mountains).
The absence of a tail rotor and compact dimensions allows the use of small airfields. The helicopter has a low noise level and meets the latest environmental requirements. It has a replaceable transport module, which allows a short time to change the functionality of the helicopter.