Russia to set up new facility for Indian Ka-226 helos

Ka-226T | Photo: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters is setting up a new facility to manufacture 60 Ka-226T utility helicopters for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.

According to a report in Kommersant, “These helicopters are currently being built in the Bashkir city of Kumertau, at the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KumAPP), but will soon be assembled in Ulan-Ude to meet the Indian order.”

“This decision was taken “for the expeditious implementation” of the intergovernmental agreement signed in October with the Indian state-owned company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The parties have agreed to establish a joint venture to localize the production of the Ka-226T in Bangalore, India. The first 60 aircraft will be assembled in Russia, while another 140 Ka-226T will be assembled in India under license,” the report added.

Interestingly, the report also said, “The plant in Ulan-Ude has wide experience dating back to the Soviet era, of transferring to India, together with the Irkutsk Aircraft Factory, a licence for the manufacture of MiG-27 aircraft.”