Rus­sian He­li­copters to open heli­copter as­sem­bly plant in In­dia

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Dur­ing the visit of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin to In­dia, Rus­sian He­li­copters, a sub­sidiary of Oboron­prom, part of Rus­sian Tech­nolo­gies State Cor­po­ra­tion, and El­com Sys­tems Pri­vate Lim­ited, part of the In­dian in­vest­ment con­glom­er­ate Sun Group, signed in New Delhi an agree­ment to set up in In­dia a mod­ern in­dus­trial fa­cil­ity for man­u­fac­tur­ing of Rus­sian heli­copter models, namely he­li­copters of the Ka- and Mi- brands.

The joint ven­ture will have the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce key heli­copter units and carry out fi­nal as­sem­bly of the machines as well as en­gage in ground and flight test­ing. It is ex­pected that the en­ter­prise will start with pro­duc­tion of com­po­nents for the multi-role Ka-226T heli­copter. The en­ter­prise will serve as an in­dus­trial base for high­tech Rus­sian ro­tor­craft prod­ucts in In­dia.

“In­dia is a tra­di­tional part­ner of Rus­sian He­li­copters in terms of heli­copter de­liv­er­ies. The cre­ation of a joint Rus­sian-In­dian en­ter­prise marks a new stage and also a log­i­cal con­tin­u­a­tion of our joint ef­forts in light of the grow­ing de­mand for Rus­sian heli­copter models,” said Dmitry Petrov, CEO of Rus­sian He­li­copters.

Ac­cord­ing to Petrov, the joint ven­ture will help drive the devel­op­ment of In­dia’s aero­space in­dus­try and pro­vide for ef­fec­tive ap­pli­ca­tion of ad­vanced Rus­sian tech­nolo­gies. It will also make it pos­si­ble to or­gan­ise the train­ing of In­dian engi­neers and pro­mote the devel­op­ment of highly qual­i­fied per­son­nel across the en­tire pro­duc­tion chain.

More­over, the en­ter­prise will be el­i­gi­ble to im­ple­ment off­set projects un­der var­i­ous pro­cure­ment ten­ders in In­dia where Rus­sian ro­tor­craft are in­volved. The hold­ing com­pany and El­com Sys­tems also reached an agree­ment on plans to cre­ate a joint Heli­copter Academy in In­dia for the train­ing of flight and tech­ni­cal per­son­nel.

Vladimir Putin’s visit to In­dia re­sulted in the sign­ing of a set of doc­u­ments aimed at strength­en­ing mil­i­tary-tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Rus­sia and In­dia, in­clud­ing in heli­copter man­u­fac­tur­ing. In­dia is a tra­di­tional buyer of Rus­sian air­craft and cur­rently has a fleet of 280 Rus­sian-made he­li­copters.

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