Kamov 226T deal

Kamov 226T deal

The complex agreement to set up a joint production facility of Ka-226T helicopters is expected to be signed at the Brics forum,-' says a Firstpost...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to sign the crucial agreement for the production of 200 Kamov 226T helicopters domestically on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Goa. India wants to replace the aging Cheetah and Chetak choppers with Kamov 226T.

The complex agreement to set up a joint production facility of Ka-226T helicopters is expected to be signed at the Brics forum," says a Firstpost report quoting Rostec State Corporation, an umbrella organisation of about 700 Russian firms founded in 2007 to promote the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military purposes.

This agreement conforms to Modi's 'Make in India' vision because it will promote indigenous defence manufacturing, according to a report in The Financial Express. The report also quotes Russian Helicopters, which makes Kamov, as saying that "the light multipurpose helicopter is designed for work in difficult conditions of high mountains, hot climate and on marine areas.

It allows for reconnaissance, targeting and monitoring of transportation (up to 1500 kg)" "The contract for export and joint production of 200 Ka-226T helicopters is one of the key projects in the framework of trade and industrial relations between Russia and India. We plan to expand them in both military-technical and civilian areas," PTI quoted Sergei Chemezov, head of Rostec, as saying.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) could be the partner of Rostec in the deal. The Ka-226T is a light, twin-engine multi-role helicopter for military and civilian purposes. The military version helps in hard-to-reach conditions. The Ka-226T copters are fitted with high-visibility nose and a new rotor system. Its rotors are made from composite materials.

The low height of the rotor makes it necessary for the passengers to approach the chopper from the rear, when the rotors are turning. The multi-role helicopter also boasts of incredibly precise hovering ability, excellent maneuverability and high safety standards. An unusual feature of this helicopter is that it has an interchangeable mission module, attached to its bubble-shaped cockpit, instead of conventional cabin, according to, reports India Today. Fuselage of the Ka-226T has a length of 8.6 m, while its width is 3.2 m and it has a height of 4.1 m. The diameter of its main rotor is 13.2 m. The cabin measures 2.35 metre long, 1.34 metre wide and 1.4 metre high.

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