Now, Russian helicopter to get desi touch

Rostec State Corporation is set to manufacture at least 140 helicopters in co-operation with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at the latter’s facility in Bengaluru. This is part of the joint venture production of Russian helicopters as part of the Make in India campaign.

In May this year, India and Russia had entered a joint venture, at 51:49 share, to manufacture the aircraft in the country.

Rostec is a Russian corporation set up in 2007 to facilitate development, production and export of high-tech industrial products designed for civilian and military applications.

Its CEO, Sergei Chemezov, said the production of the Ka-226T helicopters in India will be implemented by fully transferring manufacturing technologies.

“Russia has transferred 100% in-depth manufacturing technologies to India, allowing Indian defence enterprises to set up full-scale production of their defence products,” he told a news conference at Zhukovskiy, nearly 40km from Moscow where the six-day International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2017 concluded on July 23.India is already manufacturing Su-30 MKI aircraft and T-90S tanks and is overhauling RD-33 aircraft engines with Russian licences.As part of the joint venture between the two countries, Russia will deliver Ka-226T helicopters within two years and, in all likelihood, increase the chopper production output in India, Chemezov said.

“The project for localisation of Ka-226T helicopter production in India is currently implemented with HAL. It (HAL) has significant experience in the transfer of Russian technologies to India,” he said.

The Kamov 226T is a twin-engine light but multi-role chopper, that Russian Helicopers offers for both military and civilian purposes.

Russian Helicopters, which makes the Kamov choppers, says that the military version of 226T is capable of working in extreme and difficult weather conditions. This includes hot climate, marine areas and high mountains.

The Kamov 226T is a light multipurpose helicopter that can be used effectively for reconnaissance, targeting and monitoring of transportation (up to 1,500 kg).

With a maximum take-off weight of 4,000 tons, the Ka-226T is designed for cargo and passenger transportation to hard-to-reach mountainous areas and rescue and patrol operations.

The helicopter is equipped with two Arrius 2G1 engines made by the Turbomeca Company. The passenger version of this aircraft can carry up to seven people, while the transport version can carry one ton of cargo inside the fuselage or via an external sling. For transportation of oversized cargo, a high-capacity cargo platform can be installed instead of the regular transport cabin.

Ka-226T is scheduled to replace the Cheetah and Chetak helicopters currently being used by the Indian Army.





Source:- TNN

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