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India approves technical configuration of Kamov helicopters: Russian official

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvidanthai 

has approved the technical configuration of the light weight multi-role which will be supplied to by an Indo-Russian joint venture, a senior Russian said here today.

In October 2016, and had finalised a broad agreement for the joint venture between (HAL) and two Russian defence majors. is procuring 200 choppers to replace its ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.

The agreement for the choppers was signed during Narendra Modi's visit to in December 2015.

The Indian side approved the technical configuration of the light utility helicopter developed by to be assembled by Joint Venture Indo-Russian Helicopters Limited in India, of said.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Defence Expo, a biennial exhibition of weapons and military platforms.

Boginskiy said a production facility will be set up in India to assemble the helicopters.

has already approved the payment for setting up of A site in the vicinity of Tumkur near Bangaluru has been identified.

Approval of helicopter configuration to be delivered and assembled in India means that the technical aspects of the project have been finalised. We and our Indian partners shall commence the preparation of contractual documents in the near future, he said.

Boginskiy said the helicopter, featuring a coaxial main rotor system, with the maximum take-off weight of 3.6 tons, is capable of transporting up to one ton of payload.

Ka-226T may be equipped with a transport cabin, which allows transporting up to 6 people, or modules fitted with special equipment. Improved flight performance of Ka-226T helicopter, environmental friendliness, cost effectiveness, state-of-the-art avionics suite and additional make this helicopter one of the best in its class, he said.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 19:45 IST