New Delhi: India’s Ministry of Defense has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to India-Russia Helicopters Limited Company earlier this month for the supply of 200 Kamov Ka-226T “Hoodlum” to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Army Aviation Corps. The decision was taken after the visit of an Indian Defense Ministry delegation to the Kamov Design Bureau in Russia last month.
India-Russia Helicopter Limited Company, a joint venture incorporated in June 2017, has a 49.5 percent stake in Russia’s Rostec Corp. and the remaining 50.5 percent is owned by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL).
The JV will have to supply 60 twin-engine multi-role helicopters in fly-away condition from Russia while the remaining 140 are to be assembled at the Tumkur facility in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.
An industry source told Sputnik that these 140 helicopter units would cost India approximately $736 million with 70% domestic content.
The Russian firm has also developed a training program for Indian pilots and technicians for the operation and maintenance of the helicopter in India.
The Indian Armed Forces have been waiting a long time to replace the aging Cheetah helicopters and to augment their strength along the Chinese border.