Discussion in 'Indian Army' started by WolfPack86, Jan 23, 2019.
Indian Army Kamov 226 T helicopter.
No contract has yet been signed to procure even a single KA-226 T yet.
#RussianHelicopters Signs MoU with Indian Companies for Localization of #Ka226T Light Utility Helicopters at #AeroIndia 2019. #Ka226 #India #Russia https://defpost.com/russian-helicopters-signs-mou-with-indian-companies-for-localization-of-ka-226t-helicopters/…
Russian Helicopters Holding Company and a number of Indian companies signed Memorandums of Understanding at Aero India 2019. The parties agreed to explore the producing a number of assemblies and components for Ka-226T helicopter in India.
They signed an MoU with local Indian companies... that doesn't mean anything.
Well it means slightly more than "anything". MOUs are a step in the right direction and this is not exactly a high tech import or a particularly expensive one. Modi's next meeting with Putin could be when the deal is signed, maybe.
If it was signed with GoI it would mean something. When it is signed with local companies it means nothing just as Lockheed signing MoU with local companies for manufacture of F-16 parts India will never buy.
But there is a difference between the two MOUs. Unlike the non existent history between LockMart and private players, HAL has been producing Russian stuff since 1960s and this one specifically deals the assembly at Tumakuru plant, the designated plant for all future helicopter needs of India.
Unlike F-16s, India wants and needs KA226T and it will be one of the many classes of helicopters that will be produced here.
Russian stuff is subject to sanctions. India doesn't want to suffer CAATSA and Safran doesn't want to suffer the EU sanctions over Crimea. Those are two reasons you won't be getting Ka-226. It is best for you develop your own LUH that meets the altitude requirement, since Fennec isn't good enough, and come back to us for the engines. In five years you could develop your own or UEC might develop an engine good enough to put in it. Only time will tell...
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