WASHINGTON, India’s Ministry of Defense announced plans to purchase Russian-made Kamov Ka-226T light multi-role helicopters.
Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov spoke to Russian media sources on Tuesday, saying India was ready for a joint cooperation of the helicopter’s production. The preliminary agreement on the production of the Ka-226T helicopters was reportedly reached in December 2014 following talks between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Overall, the first stage may involve 200 Ka-226T helicopters, including purchased ready-made choppers and rotocraft produced by the joint venture in India,” a source told Russian state-owned news outlet Tass.
The Ka-226T, also known by its NATO-reporting name Hoodlum, is a light multirole helicopter designed for high-mobility and hovering capabilities. The aircraft features 580 h.p. FADEC-equipped Arrius 2G1 engines, and can be used for medevac and intensive care.
The Indian Ministry of Defense plans to procure the helicopters for its air force and army.
By Ryan Maass