Kamov deliveries to India to start in two years after contract signing says CEO of Rostec State Corporation

The delivery of the much awaited Kamov military helicopters to India will begin within two years of signing of the contract, the agreement for the same is being signed and is under process. The number of choppers to be supplied could be increased to more than 200.

The delivery of Kamov military helicopters to India will begin within two years of the signing of the contract, according to a top Russian official who indicated that the number of choppers to be supplied could be increased to more than 200 in the future. Sergei Chekhov, the CEO of Rosterh. State Corporation, said that after the establishment of the joint venture (JV) in May for the production of Kamov military helicopters, Russia expects an official request from the Indian defense ministry. A contract will then be executed for the delivery of the choppers. “After the contract is signed, within two years, the first deliveries of helicopters will be made. The agreement for that is signed and is being exercised,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Russia’s premier airshow MASK 2017. Talking about the 2015 US 1 billion deal for the supply of the KEY-226TH helicopters, Chekhov said: “We have to supply a certain amount, most will be localized, in total, in the amount of 200 helicopters. But in the future this can be increased.”

Chekhov said that under the deal the minimum project volume was for “the procurement of 40 helicopters from Russia and production of 160 helicopters in India with different localisation degrees.” Earlier reports said that 60 Kamov-226TH helicopters will be supplied to India in fly-away condition, while 140 will be manufactured in India. Chekhov said Russia expects the target location to implement the project will be in Bengali on the production capacities of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) that are currently used in the assembly project of Si-30 MI. The necessary conditions are available there including human resources for successful implementation of the project,he said.

The Roster chief also said that within the joint project,”it is possible to engage other companies, including private ones, depending on the Indian party”. “They have
to evaluate and affirm the readiness and reliability of private companies for most of which it is a new business domain,” Chekhov
said. “Roster sees no problems in collaborating with private companies, but we understand that engagement of other partners in the project could make the project implementation more difficult or increase the implementation deadlines. But we are ready for this,” he said. Roster’s strategy is to further expand cooperation with Indian manufacturers in compliance with the ‘Make in India’ policy, he said.

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