In­dia, Rus­sia chop­per deal on right track

Tech­nol­ogy trans­fer for 140 Kamov-226T

The Hindu - - NEWS - Di­nakar Peri

In­dia and Rus­sia are in the fi­nal stages of con­clud­ing the deal to build Kamov-226T util­ity he­li­copters in In­dia. A Rus­sian team is in In­dia to hold dis­cus­sions on the joint ven­ture that will man­u­fac­ture the he­li­copters.

“A Rus­sian team is in In­dia for tech­ni­cal dis­cus­sions on the JV with Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Ltd. (HAL). The Re­quest For Quo­ta­tion (RFQ) should be is­sued by the gov­ern­ment to the JV in about a month or so af­ter the cur­rent round of dis­cus­sions,” an of­fi­cial source said.

In­dia and Rus­sia have con­cluded an In­ter-Gov­ern­men­tal Agree­ment (IGA) for 200 he­li­copters es­ti­mated to cost over $1 bil­lion.

As per the deal, 60 he­li­copters will be im­ported from Rus­sia and at least an­other 140 built in In­dia by the HAL with tech­nol­ogy trans­fer.

Af­ter the RFQ is is­sued to the JV, the fi­nal com­mer­cial deal should be con­cluded very quickly as there are fixed time­lines on the process, the source added.

The In­dia-Rus­sia JV is be­tween the HAL and Rus­sia’s Rostec-JSC Rosoboronex­port and Rus­sian He­li­copters.

The Kamov-226T he­li­copters are meant to re­place the age­ing and ob­so­lete Chee­tah and Chetak fleets of the In­dian armed forces. The num­ber is ex­pected to go be­yond 200 given the large re­quire­ment from the ser­vices.

In­dia and Rus­sia in­tend to ex­port the Kamov-226T to third coun­tries af­ter meet­ing the do­mes­tic re­quire­ment.

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