Make in India: Russian firm, HAL tie up to build 200 Kamov choppers
In a major boost to the ‘Make in India’ programme, Russia’s Rostec State Corporation on Tuesday announced a tie-up with Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to manufacture at least 200 Kamov-226T helicopters at an estimated cost of Rs 6,000 crore.india Updated: Dec 30, 2015 00:29 IST
In a major boost to the ‘Make in India’ programme, Russia’s Rostec State Corporation on Tuesday announced a tie-up with Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to manufacture at least 200 Kamov-226T helicopters at an estimated cost of Rs 6,000 crore.
The development came barely a week after India and Russia inked a pact for cooperation in helicopter manufacturing during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Moscow.
HAL chairman T Suvarna Raju was a member of the Indian delegation even as Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group was also eyeing the deal.
India had originally planned to import 197 light helicopters but the NDA government scrapped the $1 billion proposal in August last year for manufacturing the choppers in the country in a joint venture with a foreign firm.
The joint venture with HAL covers maintenance, operation and repair of helicopters.
“The agreement is the result of a long work with our Indian partners. This is the first Russian and Indian high-tech project, being implemented by the Modi government within the framework of the ‘Make in India’ programme,” said a release quoting CEO of Rostec State Corporation Sergei Chemezov as saying in Moscow.
It added that Rostec “will arrange the production of as many as 200 units of Russian Ka-226T and its modifications in India.”
Chemezov said the Indian and Russian partners could also consider the possibility of “joint access” to other markets in the future.
“Rostec’s competitive advantage lies in the fact that we are ready to deal with not only the localization of helicopters in India, we also offer our partners the localization of production technology,” added the CEO.
The chopper has a distinct design as it has coaxial rotors – a pair of rotors mounted one above the other.
It is a versatile platform capable of operating in environments ranging from dense urban conditions to mountains.