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Russia Expects Notice on Launch of KA-226T Helicopter Production in India

Sputnik News

16:47 21.05.2015(updated 16:52 21.05.2015)

Russia is expecting formal notification from India on its decision to launch production of light Kamov Ka-226T (NATO reporting name Hoodlum) multirole helicopters.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Head of design and manufacturing company Russian Helicopters Alexander Mikheev told reporters he expected 200 aircraft to be manufactured in the initial phase.

'We expect a formal notification from the Indian side on its decision to launch this project in the near future,' the CEO said.

According to Mikheev, Russia's exports-imports Rosoboronexport agency will carry out the contract, with Russian Helicopters as a partner.

'This will be a new delivery design. This will be a program with production technology transfer in India,' he said, adding that the sides are looking into a public-private partnership.

With the maximum take-off weight of 4,000 tons, the Ka-226T is intended for cargo and passenger transportation to hard-to-reach mountainous areas as well as rescue and patrol operations.

The project is yet to develop a technological or financial model, the Russian Helicopters' head stressed.

Mikheev told reporters earlier in the day Russian Helicopters was due to deliver a total of 244 helicopters to its customers this year.

On Wednesday, Mikheev said at the Aero India 2015 international air show in southeast India's Bengaluru he hoped a joint Russian-Indian venture to manufacture the Ka-226T would emerge based on the experience with Russia-designed Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter jets under license in India.


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