India, Russia to Build 200 Military Choppers

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Moscow: Boosting the decade old Indo-Russian ties in defence sector, 200 helicopters will be manufactured in the country with Russian collaboration as part of intensification and diversification of their strategic ties.

The agreement is among defence projects which the countries are working o,. including the ambit of “Make in India” programme, Indian ambassador to Russia PS Raghavan told PTI here.

He underlined that the decades-old defence cooperation with Russia remains vibrant despite India purchasing military equipment from other countries, like the recent decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France.

“This (India-Russia ties) is a huge, broad based relationship, getting broader every day,” he said.

“Recently, we have agreed to joint manufacture of helicopters in India … Joint manufacture of 200 helicopters in India is big bang. If two countries decide to manufacture 200 helicopters in India with transfer of technology, and licence production, this is big bang,” he said.

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