India approves technical configuration of Kamov helicopters

THIRUVIDANTHAI: India has approved the technical configuration of the Kamov light weight multi-role military helicopters which will be supplied to Indian armed forces by an Indo-Russian joint venture, a senior Russian official said here today.

In October 2016, India and Russia had finalised a broad agreement for the joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and two Russian defence majors. India is procuring 200 Kamov Ka-226T choppers to replace its ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.

The agreement for the Kamov choppers was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia in December 2015.

“The Indian side approved the technical configuration of the light utility Ka-226T helicopter developed by Russian Helicopters Holding Company to be assembled by Joint Venture Indo-Russian Helicopters Limited in India,” CEO of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginskiy said.

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


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