India and Russia are all set to seal a deal to manufacture 200 Kamov 226T helicopters in India.
The $1 billion deal is a major move by the Centre to replace the aging Cheetah and Chetak choppers that the Indian army uses in high altitude areas.
The KA 226T are proposed to be manufactured in India both to meet domestic demand from the armed forces as well as to tap the export market. The deal promotes PM Narendra Modi’s vision to promote indigenous defence manufacturing.
This Kamov deal is a giant leap in terms of cooperation between Russia and India in the area of helicopter production and service.
The preliminary contract was signed by Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December last year.
Kamov is a light multipurpose helicopter (suitable for both civilian and military operations), equipped with two Arrius 2G1 engines made by the Turbomeca Company. The military version helps in hard-to-reach conditions.
The passenger version of this aircraft can carry up to seven people, while the transport version can carry one ton of cargo inside the fuselage or via an external sling.
The chopper can carry oversized cargo too as a high-capacity cargo platform can be installed instead of the regular transport cabin.
The multi-role helicopter also boasts of incredibly precise hovering ability, excellent maneuverability and high safety standards.
The chopper allows for reconnaissance, targeting and monitoring of transportation (up to 1500 kg).
The Ka-226T has a maximum cruise speed of 220 km/hour and a maximum takeoff weight of 3600 kg.
“The contract for export and joint production of 200 Ka-226T helicopters is one of the key projects in the framework of trade and industrial relations between Russia and India. We plan to expand them in both military-technical and civilian areas,” Chemezov said.