India to buy 200 Russian Ka-226T Kamov helicopters
The Russian helicopter was found more suitable than its nearest competitor from Airbus Helicopters, RIA Novosti reported.
Earlier, in December 2014, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that in accordance with the relevant agreement with Russia, India would be producing Mi-17 and Ka-226T helicopters in India, possibly up to 400 Kamov helicopters annually. This would be part of the Indian government's Make in India programme, opened up to the defence sector.
Rogozin said that initially, when India announced a tender for helicopters of this kind, the main competitor to the Russian helicopter was the Eurocopter. But the Ka-226T helicopter's unique characteristics and particular Indian requirements forced the Indian defence ministry to cancel the tender and decide to produce the Russian copters in India.
The head of JSC Russian Helicopters, Alexandr Mikheyev, said on February 19 that his company had offered to set up production facilities for the Ka-226T in India, with full technology transfer. India's DAC went ahead to accept the offer.
The Ka-226T is a multipurpose helicopter with coaxial rotors and two Arrius 2G1 turboshaft engines by the French Turbomeca. Two versions have been developed: patrol helicopters and those for medical use. This helicopter has the necessary headroom to maneuver even with one engine running. ■