The Ka-226T ‘Kamov’ helicopters could soon be manufactured in India through a joint-venture enterprise owned by Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), RIR learned from an Indian military source, who wished to remain anonymous.
“We are talking here about the production of at least 400 helicopters over the next 10 years, including some for export to third countries,” he said.
The source declined to specify the cost per manufactured aircraft, saying “this will be determined when the final agreement is reached”.
According to the PTI News Agency, the Indian government’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) gave an initial clearance for around 200 helicopters, and state-run HAL is a “front-runner” for partnering with Russia.
“HAL is the front-runner as of now. Talks would be held now to finalize the contract and work out the modalities,” the military source said.