India and Russia negotiate helicopter deal

After coming to an agreement in principle on the production on Indian territory of dual-use helicopters with the option of exports to third countries, India and Russia are in talks for the quick conclusion of this transaction, writes The Hindu.

After coming to an agreement in principle on the production on Indian territory of dual-use helicopters with the option of exports to third countries, India and Russia are in talks for the quick conclusion of this transaction, writes The Hindu. The publication cites Russian Embassy representatives, who state the first such aircraft will be used for the needs of the Indian Army, and only after that will exports begin.

Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "I am pleased that Russia has offered us full production in India of one of the world’s most advanced helicopters, as well as providing the option of exports from India. It can be used for both military and civilian purposes."

The Indian newspaper quoted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, saying discussions concern assembling 400 Ka-226T a year by Rostec in India. According to the publication, a partner with the Indian side has not yet been named. According to sources, a major player in this field is Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, but the private sector is also involved in the negotiations. According to the paper the sides at the embassy had not elaborated on exactly which private players were involved. The Indian Ministry of Defence stated that the details of the agreement are being worked on.

First published in Russian in VPK.   

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