Russia to deliver 1st set of Ka 226T choppers till 2020

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Apr 2018 08:46:55


 

By Kaushik Bhattacharya,

THIRUVIDANTHAI,

RUSSIA will deliver the first consignment of Ka 226T helicopters to India till 2020 as per the contract signed between Government of India and Russian Helicopters in 2017. In this Indo-Russia joint venture (JV), at least 140 helicopters will be assembled at the facilities of the JV in India with a gradual increase of the localisation level and 60 to be delivered directly from Russia in the beginning.


“The Ulan-Ude Aviation plant is preparing at full speed to its part of work production of 60 Ka 226T choppers for India and we will start delivering the first few helicopters till 2020,” said a senior official of Russian Helicopter to ‘The Hitavada’ on Wednesday.


“Russian Helicopters has already developed a training programme for Indian pilots, for this purpose five simulators will be produced and we are going to place one of them at the facilities of Ulan-Ude in Russia and deliver remaining four to India,” he added.
According to the senior official, “The chopper deal is in full compliance with Make in India policy and will ensure the loading and future development of the JV.”


The 200 Ka 226T helicopters will be delivered to India Navy under the modernisation strategy of Government of India. Russian Helicopters upgraded the chopper as per the Indian Navy’s requirement and the high altitude and sea trials also have done under the vigil of Indian experts.


“The ship-based configuration of Ka-226T choppers has already been developed and successfully operated in Russia for special purpose aviation since 2017,” the official added.
He also informed that they have developed blade folding system of the main rotor, equipped the helicopter with a state-of-the-art avionics suite and prepared all the systems and assemblies for the operation in the conditions of adverse marine environment.


Similarly, Russian Helicopters also signed a contract with Indian Vectra Group for the delivery of the first state-of-the-art Mi-171A2 helicopter with an option for one more rotorcraft of the type.
According to Russian Helicopters, they will deliver the first Mi-171A2 chopper to India till this year and the certification activities are already underway with the aim to further ramp up deliveries.


India is using Russian made Mi-17 last many decades, however, Indian Army required modern technology, hence the company introduced more than 80 modifications in this new Mi-171A2 for Indian terrain.