Russia to start military helicopters deliveries to India in 2018

Russia will start initial deliveries of military helicopters to India in 2018, with assembly and manufacturing to follow in Asia’s fastest growing economy, the chief executive of state-owned manufacturer Russian Helicopters said on Monday. India and Russia signed an agreement in October, 2016 to jointly manufacture 200 of the KA-226T helicopters for the Indian Armed Forces. Both countries have agreed to cooperate in energy and defence as India seeks to modernize its armed forces and build a nuclear industry and sanctions-hit Russia looks for investment and new markets.

India and Russia signed an agreement in October to jointly manufacture 200 of the KA-226T helicopters for the Indian Armed Forces. Both countries have agreed to cooperate in energy and defence as India seeks to modernise its armed forces and build a nuclear industry and sanctions-hit Russia looks for investment and new markets. The joint venture is in process and the first delivery will start in 2018. After-sales service will also be provided in India. Some 60 helicopters will be delivered to India and the remaining 140 will be assembled or manufactured in India, he said at the International Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi.The company has started production of the advanced medium multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter, with four deliveries set for Russia this year. China has shown an interest in the Mi-171A2, he added, without elaborating. Overall sales in 2017 are expected to grow at least 15% as demand for civil helicopters increases. Military helicopters account for two thirds of sales.

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