In­dia chooses Rus­sian He­li­copters’ Ka-226T

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In May 2015, In­dia’s De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Coun­cil (DAC) ap­proved a ma­jor raft of deals on a non-ten­der ba­sis for its armed forces, which in­cluded the Ka-226T light he­li­copter made by Rus­sian He­li­copters (part of state cor­po­ra­tion Rostec). Rus­sian He­li­copters is await­ing of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the In­dian side re­gard­ing the deal.

The DAC’s de­ci­sion does not mean that a con­tract will be con­cluded im­me­di­ately. Rosoboronex­port, in part­ner­ship with Rus­sian He­li­copters, will, on the Rus­sian side, en­act the con­tract for the de­liv­ery of he­li­copters un­der the ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme, and the he­li­copters will be pro­duced by Rus­sian He­li­copters’ Kumer­tau Avi­a­tion Pro­duc­tion En­ter­prise.

“The light multi-role Ka-226T per­formed well in tests car­ried out in In­dia and is the op­ti­mum choice for In­dia’s armed forces,” said Rus­sian He­li­copters CEO Alexan­der Mikheev. “The con­tract en­vis­ages the con­struc­tion of a record num­ber of Ka-226T he­li­copters, and will re­quire con­sid­er­able work and col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­dian in­dus­try. It is im­por­tant to note that Kumer­tau Avi­a­tion Pro­duc­tion En­ter­prise will be cru­cial in ful­fill­ing this or­der, as it will play the main role in en­act­ing this pro­ject.”

The Ka-226T light he­li­copter, de­signed by the Kamov De­sign Bureau (a Rus­sian He­li­copters com­pany) was cer­ti­fied in Rus­sia in March this year. It had pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated suc­cess­fully in the light util­ity he­li­copter ten­der an­nounced by In­dia’s De­fence Min- istry to re­new its fleet of light he­li­copters, an­nounced in 2003 and with­drawn last year. Tests on the Ka-226T amid In­dia’s moun­tain­ous ter­rain and hot cli­mate en­abled it to demon­strate its con­sid­er­able ad­van­tages over the com­pe­ti­tion pro­duced by western com­pa­nies.

The mod­ern multi-role Ka-226T he­li­copter, like its pre­de­ces­sor the Ka-226, is pro­duced by Kumer­tau Avi­a­tion Pro­duc­tion En­ter­prise, which boasts unique ex­pe­ri­ence in pro­duc­ing he­li­copters de­signed by the Kamov De­sign Bureau. For ex­am­ple, Kumer­tau Avi­a­tion Pro­duc­tion En­ter­prise pro­duces the world-renowned Ka-32 he­li­copter.

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