India to purchase Russian-made Ka-226T helicopters — defense ministry

A TASS source close to the Indian Air Force said “an initial order for about 50 helicopters” was possible

Kamov Ka-226

Kamov Ka-226

NEW DELHI, December 4. /TASS/. India plans to purchase Russian-made Kamov Ka-226T (NATO reporting name: Hoodlum) light multirole helicopters, after which their joint production may be established in the South Asian republic, the Indian Defense Ministry said in a statement obtained by TASS on Friday.

India’s Defense Acquisition Council has approved the expediency of a request for the purchase and subsequent joint production of Ka-226T helicopters for the Indian ground forces and the Air Force, the statement said.

The statement didn’t specify the number of helicopters, which India might purchase. At the same time, a TASS source close to the Indian Air Force said “an initial order for about 50 helicopters” was possible.

The proposal of the joint production of Ka-226T helicopters was first discussed at a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin during Putin’s visit to New Delhi in December 2014. The sides said at the time that the joint venture could produce helicopters, including for exports to third countries.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s