Russia and India in active talks over light multirole helicopter program

Russia is implementing a program to create Ka-226 for India

Russia is implementing a program to create a Kamov Ka-226 helicopter for India with an emphasis on technology transfer, Russian Helicopters' General Director Alexander Mikheyev has said.

"Today we are at the active stage of discussing a program for Ka-226, a light multirole helicopter for India," Mikheyev told reporters at the Dubai Airshow 2015 on Nov. 8.

The program is being implemented "with an emphasis on the transfer of technologies, the creation of production facilities, and the formation of a light helicopter market in India and in third countries," he said.

The program is being implemented both as part of offset obligations under a Rosoboronexport contract and under programs of direct cooperation with Indian operators, Mikheyev said.

Over 300 Russian-built helicopters are currently used by various organizations in India, he said. Due to the increased demand for Russian helicopters, there is now more need for training pilots, engineers and technicians, Mikheyev said.

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