Russia to push for final orders in $1 bn Kamov copters deal

  1. India is likely to sign the final contract with Russia for 200 Kamov KA-226T light utility helicopters during Prime Minister visit to Russia for the Eastern Economic Forum.
  2. India and Russia had signed the deal for 200 Kamov KA-226T light utility helicopters during Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Russia in 2015.
  3. Under the deal,Russia will supply 60 Kamov KA-226T light utility helicopters in a fly-away condition.
  4. The rest will be assembled in India jointly with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under ‘Make in India’ programme to promote domestic manufacturing.
  5. Kamov 226 is a small, twin engine Russian utility helicopter.It is manufactured by Russian Helicopters.
  6. The helicopter has a maximum takeoff weight of 3.6 tons.It can carry up to one ton payload.It has a maximum speed of 220 Km/hr.
  7. Kamov 226 is capable of working in extreme and difficult weather conditions.This includes hot climate, marine areas and high mountains.
  8. The machine has excellent maneuverability, handling and easy maintenance.Kamov will replace the ageing Cheetah and Chetak choppers.