India chooses Russian Helicopters' Ka-226T

India chooses Russian Helicopters' Ka-226T
22.05.2015 / Moscow

In May 2015, India's Defence Acquisition Council approved a major raft of deals on a non-tender basis for its armed forces, which included the Ka-226T light helicopter made by Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec). Russian Helicopters is awaiting official communication from the Indian side regarding the deal.

The Council's decision does not mean that a contract will be concluded immediately. Rosoboronexport, in partnership with Russian Helicopters will, on the Russian side, enact the contract for the delivery of helicopters under the “Make in India” programme, and the helicopters will be produced by Russian Helicopters' Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise.

“The light multirole Ka-226T performed well in tests carried out in India and is the optimum choice for India’s armed forces,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev. “The contract envisages the construction of a record number of Ka-226T helicopters, and will require considerable work and collaboration with Indian industry. It is important to note that Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise will be crucial in fulfilling this order, as it will play the main role in enacting this project.”

The Ka-226T light helicopter, designed by the Kamov Design Bureau (a Russian Helicopters company) was certified in Russia in March this year. It had previously participated successfully in the Light Utility Helicopter tender announced by India's Defence Ministry to renew its fleet of light helicopters, announced in 2003 and withdrawn last year. Tests on the Ka-226T amid India's mountainous terrain and hot climate enabled it to demonstrate its considerable advantages over the competition produced by western companies.

The modern multirole Ka-226T helicopter, like its predecessor the Ka-226, is produced by Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, which boasts unique experience in producing helicopters designed by the Kamov Design Bureau. For example, Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise produces the world-renowned Ka-32 type helicopters.

Kamov Design Bureau, a Russian Helicopters company, designs and develops unique multirole coaxial helicopters. It is named after the legendary aircraft designer and one of the founders of the country's helicopter industry Nikolai Kamov (1902-1973). It designs, develops, and tests unique multirole coaxial helicopters including the Ka-27/28/29/31, Ka-32A11BC, Ка-52 Alligator, Ka-226(T), and also the latest Ka-62. It also boasts a specialised Aviation Training Centre.

Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise is a Russian Helicopters company and the largest industrial enterprise in Kumertau, manufacturing high-tech equipment for helicopters and other purposes. Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise specialises in coaxial rotor system helicopters. It produces all the Ka-27 and Ka-31 models used by the Russian Navy, as well as the civilian multirole Ka-32A11BC and the new Ka-226 and Ka-226T

Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. In 2014 its IFRS revenues increased 22,8% to RUB 169,8 billion. Deliveries reached 271 helicopters.

State Corporation Rostec is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 for the purpose of promoting the development, production and export of hi-tech civilian and military industry products. It comprises 700 organisations, nine of which have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex, five of them are involved in civil industries and 22 are directly controlled. Rostec’s portfolio includes recognised brands such as Avtovaz, Kamaz, Russian Helicopters, and VSMPO-AVISMA. Rostec’s organisations are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply their products to the markets of more than 70 countries. The revenue of Rostec in 2013 amounted to RUB 1.04 trillion. The tax deductions into the treasuries at all levels exceeded RUB 138 billion. 

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