Russia's Rostech State Corporation on 29 December 2015 tied up with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to manufacture at least 200 Kamov 226T light helicopters. The Kamov will replace the ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak.
The deal is estimated to be worth 1 billion US dollars and is the first Russian-Indian high-tech project implemented by the Indian government within the framework of the Make in India initiative.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow in December 2015, an agreement was signed between the two countries on cooperation in the field of helicopter manufacturing.
As per the terms of deal, Rostech will organise in India the production of Russian Ka-226T and its modifications. The agreement also provides for maintenance, operation and repair of helicopters.
About Kamov 226T
• The Kamov Ka-226 is a small, twin-engined Russian utility helicopter.
• Variants of the Ka-226 have the NATO reporting name of Hoodlum.
• The variants of Kamov Ka-226 are: Ka-226AG, Ka-226T and Ka-226TG.
• Instead of Rolls-Royce 250C engines, Kamov 226T is fitted with the more powerful Turbomeca Arrius 2G1. Each engine provides 670 shp, increasing the service ceiling to around 7000 m, providing improved high altitude and high temperature operation.
• It has new avionics with multifunctional displays, automatic control system, navigation system, radar.
• It can be equipped with hoist system, helicopter sling, searchlight, additional external fuel tank.
• For search and rescue missions, it can be equipped with medical module.
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Who: Russia and HAL
What: Tied up
When: 29 December 2015