India to Receive 10 Russian Helicopters in 2017

Di Vincenzo Santo*

(Da The Diplomat – 30 agosto 2017)

Moscow. The first batch of ten Kamov-226T helicopters could reportedly already be delivered to India in 2017. India might receive its first batch of ten Kamov-226T light multirole helicopters this year, Russia’s sole rotorcraft designer, Russian Helicopters Group, part of the state-owned Rostec corporation, said in an August 29 press statement. “We are planning to deliver the first batch of 10 Kamov-226T helicopters after we receive the first payment. We are discussing with the Defense Ministry of India when the first payment will be made. We hope that this will be done this year,” the statement reads. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a government-to-government agreement for the procurement of 200 Kamov-226T in December 2015. (…) In October 2016, Russian Helicopters, and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have agreed to create a joint venture for the production of 140 Kamov-226T helicopters. According to the contract, the first 60 helicopters will be shipped to India in flyaway condition, whereas 40 additional Kamov-226Ts will be delivered as kits to India, where they would be assembled at a new HAL facility to be built in the city of Tumakuru in southern India. (…)

Un elicottero Kamov-226T russo

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