Moscow: The production of 200 Kamov light weight multi-role military helicopters for India will be done in four stages to ensure the transfer of technology for its main components under the Indo-Russian joint venture, a senior official for the programme has said.
Under the Indo-Russia joint venture, 200 Kamov 226T helicopters will be produced out of which 60 would be supplied to India in fly-away condition. One hundred forty helicopters will be manufactured in India under a $1 billion deal inked in 2015.
“The project will be implemented on the basis of an inter-governmental agreement, under which the Russian side has taken the obligation to transfer technology and achievement of the highest possible level of localisation in the customer’s country,” Dmitriy Shvets, director of Kamov-226T programme said here.
“By that, we mean that within the localisation there will be four stages for production from of transferring technology to production of helicopters and its main components,” Shvets said.
According to officials of Russian Helicopters, the first stage includes the delivery of assembled helicopters from Russia. The second stage includes delivery of joint venture helicopter components and preparation for localisation, technology transfer and technical assistance.
The third stage is the production of components from supplied materials and assembly. The fourth stage is full assembly of helicopters from components with materials produced locally or delivered from Russia and involves customer personnel joint training and infrastructure setup of service and maintenance center. India is procuring Kamov choppers to replace its ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.