India to buy Russian helicopters in major deal

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The Indian defence acquisition committee (DAC) on Wednesday cleared the purchase of almost 200 Russian Ka-226T ‘Kamov’ helicopters produced by JSC. 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 ambitious ‘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.

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