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Ka-226T utility chopper has 33% indigenous content: HAL
The total indigenous content of the Ka-226T utility helicopters, to be jointly manufactured locally by India and Russia with Transfer of Technology (ToT), is between 27%-33%, said Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) R. Madhavan. The final deal is held up as the Russian proposal of 62% indigenous content in assembled helicopters falls short of the tender requirement of 70%,

“In Ka-226T when we talk of 70% indigenous content, it is not the same as the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) 52%. The 70% is of the Russian content. Engine from Safran and avionics from other countries are not accounted for in this. Balance is what we are looking and from there 70% is taken. Taking the whole helicopter, the indigenous content is about 27-33%,” he said in response to a question from The Hindu at Aero India.

Russians were unable to offer 70% of this and they offered upto 62%; that too which will come only in Phase-4 of production, he stated.


Defence Ministry is also asking for better split of indigenous production from Phase-2 onwards and increasing it to 70% by including more items, Mr. Madhavan said, adding that the items are being identified for including in the Transfer of Technology to bring the indigenous content up to 70%.

The Ka-226T is meant to replace the ageing and obsolete Cheetah and Chetak fleet of the Army and Air Force and the total technical life of these will start finishing from 2023 onwards.

As per the Russian proposal, the localisation plan would be spread over four phases, beginning with 3.3% indigenisation for 35 helicopters, going up to 15% for next 25 helicopters, 35% for 30 helicopters in Phase 3 and eventually to 62.4% indigenisation in Phase 4 for the last 50 helicopters.

The helicopters would be manufactured by a joint venture — India Russia Helicopters Limited (IRHL) between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Russian Helicopters.

As reported by The Hindu last December, faced with an urgent need for utility helicopters, the Army is preparing to approach the Defence Ministry for a waiver on the indigenous content requirements to take the deal forward.

In 2015, India and Russia had concluded an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for at least 200 Ka-226T twin engine utility helicopters estimated to cost over $1 billion with 60 helicopters to be directly imported and remaining 140 manufactured locally. The first helicopter would be delivered within 36 months from the signing of the contract and order completed in eight years.

There is a requirement of around 400 such helicopters and the balance requirement will be met by the indigenous Light Utility helicopter (LUH) developed by HAL, the Army variant of which received its Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) at Aero India on Friday.
 

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Ka-226T utility chopper has 33% indigenous content: HAL
The total indigenous content of the Ka-226T utility helicopters, to be jointly manufactured locally by India and Russia with Transfer of Technology (ToT), is between 27%-33%, said Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) R. Madhavan. The final deal is held up as the Russian proposal of 62% indigenous content in assembled helicopters falls short of the tender requirement of 70%,

“In Ka-226T when we talk of 70% indigenous content, it is not the same as the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) 52%. The 70% is of the Russian content. Engine from Safran and avionics from other countries are not accounted for in this. Balance is what we are looking and from there 70% is taken. Taking the whole helicopter, the indigenous content is about 27-33%,” he said in response to a question from The Hindu at Aero India.

Russians were unable to offer 70% of this and they offered upto 62%; that too which will come only in Phase-4 of production, he stated.


Defence Ministry is also asking for better split of indigenous production from Phase-2 onwards and increasing it to 70% by including more items, Mr. Madhavan said, adding that the items are being identified for including in the Transfer of Technology to bring the indigenous content up to 70%.

The Ka-226T is meant to replace the ageing and obsolete Cheetah and Chetak fleet of the Army and Air Force and the total technical life of these will start finishing from 2023 onwards.

As per the Russian proposal, the localisation plan would be spread over four phases, beginning with 3.3% indigenisation for 35 helicopters, going up to 15% for next 25 helicopters, 35% for 30 helicopters in Phase 3 and eventually to 62.4% indigenisation in Phase 4 for the last 50 helicopters.

The helicopters would be manufactured by a joint venture — India Russia Helicopters Limited (IRHL) between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Russian Helicopters.

As reported by The Hindu last December, faced with an urgent need for utility helicopters, the Army is preparing to approach the Defence Ministry for a waiver on the indigenous content requirements to take the deal forward.

In 2015, India and Russia had concluded an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for at least 200 Ka-226T twin engine utility helicopters estimated to cost over $1 billion with 60 helicopters to be directly imported and remaining 140 manufactured locally. The first helicopter would be delivered within 36 months from the signing of the contract and order completed in eight years.

There is a requirement of around 400 such helicopters and the balance requirement will be met by the indigenous Light Utility helicopter (LUH) developed by HAL, the Army variant of which received its Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) at Aero India on Friday.
We dont need this anymore..
 

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Indigenous light choppers get go-ahead, delivery in 2022
India is going ahead with an indigenous light utility helicopter (LUH) after it proved it worth during high altitude operations, including at the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airstrip on the China border. The defence ministry has given the go ahead for placing an order for 12 of the choppers, with developer and manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics NSE -1.37 % Limited (HAL) expected to deliver the first by August next year.

The LUH is a homegrown success story, having demonstrated its capability of operating in all kinds of environments, with a focus on high altitude missions that are essential for maintaining troops on the Pakistan and China border.

HAL Chairman R Madhavan told ET that the letter of acceptance for 12 helicopters – six each for the army and air force – has been received and work has started to produce the aircraft. “The LoA has been received and we plan to deliver the first helicopter by next year. The production facility at Tumkur is ready and we will manufacture the choppers there,” he said.

The LUH order is a boost for the Make in India initiative, given that the chopper has been fully designed and developed in house by HAL, borrowing on the expertise gained by older platforms like the Advanced Light Helicopter.

While 12 helicopters are to be ordered in the first lot, the expected requirement of the LUH within the services is pegged at 185. In addition, India and Russia have also been negotiating a deal for the Kamov Ka 226 helicopters for the army and air force to fulfil the large needs of such type of aircraft.

The LUH will progressively replace the Chetak and Cheetah helicopters that operate at impossible heights on the border, including the Siachen glacier. Given its new design, the LUH can carry more than eight times the meaningful payload to the highest helipads in the world, as compared to the Cheetahs.

The indigenous chopper has gone through rigorous trials and tests by the services, including at forward helipads on the border. These include test missions from Leh to both the China and Pakistan borders. It has also demonstrated a flawless flight from Bangalore to Leh, a distance of over 3000 km, in three days without any servicing issues.
 

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Kamov choppers won’t meet 70% indigenous content requirement, but JV firm sure of deal
Lucknow:
The much-awaited Indo-Russian joint venture to make the light utility chopper Kamov 226T won’t meet the 70 per cent indigenous content requirement, ThePrint has learnt.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin had announced the deal for 200 Kamov 226T in 2015 as India sought to replace the ageing Cheetah and Chetak choppers.


The Ministry of Defence will have to take a fresh look at the Request for Proposal (RFP) to either tweak the indigenous content requirement or approve a new techno-commercial proposal submitted by Indo-Russian Helicopters Ltd (IRGL), according to sources.

IRGL is a joint venture between state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and two Russian firms, Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport. In a fresh submission to the ministry, it has proposed lower indigenisation.

Under the original RFP, there is a requirement of 70 per cent indigenisation of Russian content — which stands at 74 per cent — in the lightweight military helicopters.


IRGL confident of deal
Speaking on the sidelines of the DefenceExpo 2020 in Lucknow, IRGL chief executive M.N. Srinath said the company has submitted a detailed proposal to the Defence Ministry.

According to the submitted proposal, in phase one 60 helicopters will come in fly away condition from Russia and 35 would be manufactured in India with 3.3 per cent indigenisation of the original Russian content.


Under phase 2, 25 helicopters will be manufactured in India with 15 per cent indigenisation. This will increase to 35 per cent in phase 3 under which 30 helicopters will be manufactured.

Only in phase 4 will India achieve 62.41 per cent of indigenisation to build 50 Kamov 226T helicopters.


“We have submitted our techno-commercial bid. There was a clarification needed by the MoD on the indigenisation content and we have submitted our proposal. The MoD will now take it up in the meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council,” Srinath said.

The IRGL CEO expressed confidence that the defence ministry will accept the proposal paving the way for eventual contract that has been pending for five years.


According to the timeline, deliveries of the choppers will begin 24 months from contract signing and the first India-made chopper will roll out 36 months after the signing date.

The proposed manufacturing facilities in Karnataka’s Tumkur are in the process of construction, added Srinath.


The first India-made helicopters were to be delivered by 2021 under the deal. This was delayed by several years as differences cropped up over pricing and indigenisation.


Modi and Putin had signed the deal in 2015 to cater to the needs of the Army and the Indian Air Force. It was the Modi government’s first Government to Government deal.
 

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Kamov choppers won’t meet 70% indigenous content requirement, but JV firm sure of deal
Lucknow:
The much-awaited Indo-Russian joint venture to make the light utility chopper Kamov 226T won’t meet the 70 per cent indigenous content requirement, ThePrint has learnt.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin had announced the deal for 200 Kamov 226T in 2015 as India sought to replace the ageing Cheetah and Chetak choppers.


The Ministry of Defence will have to take a fresh look at the Request for Proposal (RFP) to either tweak the indigenous content requirement or approve a new techno-commercial proposal submitted by Indo-Russian Helicopters Ltd (IRGL), according to sources.

IRGL is a joint venture between state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and two Russian firms, Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport. In a fresh submission to the ministry, it has proposed lower indigenisation.

Under the original RFP, there is a requirement of 70 per cent indigenisation of Russian content — which stands at 74 per cent — in the lightweight military helicopters.


IRGL confident of deal
Speaking on the sidelines of the DefenceExpo 2020 in Lucknow, IRGL chief executive M.N. Srinath said the company has submitted a detailed proposal to the Defence Ministry.

According to the submitted proposal, in phase one 60 helicopters will come in fly away condition from Russia and 35 would be manufactured in India with 3.3 per cent indigenisation of the original Russian content.


Under phase 2, 25 helicopters will be manufactured in India with 15 per cent indigenisation. This will increase to 35 per cent in phase 3 under which 30 helicopters will be manufactured.

Only in phase 4 will India achieve 62.41 per cent of indigenisation to build 50 Kamov 226T helicopters.


“We have submitted our techno-commercial bid. There was a clarification needed by the MoD on the indigenisation content and we have submitted our proposal. The MoD will now take it up in the meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council,” Srinath said.

The IRGL CEO expressed confidence that the defence ministry will accept the proposal paving the way for eventual contract that has been pending for five years.


According to the timeline, deliveries of the choppers will begin 24 months from contract signing and the first India-made chopper will roll out 36 months after the signing date.

The proposed manufacturing facilities in Karnataka’s Tumkur are in the process of construction, added Srinath.


The first India-made helicopters were to be delivered by 2021 under the deal. This was delayed by several years as differences cropped up over pricing and indigenisation.


Modi and Putin had signed the deal in 2015 to cater to the needs of the Army and the Indian Air Force. It was the Modi government’s first Government to Government deal.
Wow, they really need to cancel this one, asap.
 

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Kamov choppers won’t meet 70% indigenous content requirement, but JV firm sure of deal
Lucknow:
The much-awaited Indo-Russian joint venture to make the light utility chopper Kamov 226T won’t meet the 70 per cent indigenous content requirement, ThePrint has learnt.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin had announced the deal for 200 Kamov 226T in 2015 as India sought to replace the ageing Cheetah and Chetak choppers.


The Ministry of Defence will have to take a fresh look at the Request for Proposal (RFP) to either tweak the indigenous content requirement or approve a new techno-commercial proposal submitted by Indo-Russian Helicopters Ltd (IRGL), according to sources.

IRGL is a joint venture between state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and two Russian firms, Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport. In a fresh submission to the ministry, it has proposed lower indigenisation.

Under the original RFP, there is a requirement of 70 per cent indigenisation of Russian content — which stands at 74 per cent — in the lightweight military helicopters.


IRGL confident of deal
Speaking on the sidelines of the DefenceExpo 2020 in Lucknow, IRGL chief executive M.N. Srinath said the company has submitted a detailed proposal to the Defence Ministry.

According to the submitted proposal, in phase one 60 helicopters will come in fly away condition from Russia and 35 would be manufactured in India with 3.3 per cent indigenisation of the original Russian content.


Under phase 2, 25 helicopters will be manufactured in India with 15 per cent indigenisation. This will increase to 35 per cent in phase 3 under which 30 helicopters will be manufactured.

Only in phase 4 will India achieve 62.41 per cent of indigenisation to build 50 Kamov 226T helicopters.


“We have submitted our techno-commercial bid. There was a clarification needed by the MoD on the indigenisation content and we have submitted our proposal. The MoD will now take it up in the meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council,” Srinath said.

The IRGL CEO expressed confidence that the defence ministry will accept the proposal paving the way for eventual contract that has been pending for five years.


According to the timeline, deliveries of the choppers will begin 24 months from contract signing and the first India-made chopper will roll out 36 months after the signing date.

The proposed manufacturing facilities in Karnataka’s Tumkur are in the process of construction, added Srinath.


The first India-made helicopters were to be delivered by 2021 under the deal. This was delayed by several years as differences cropped up over pricing and indigenisation.


Modi and Putin had signed the deal in 2015 to cater to the needs of the Army and the Indian Air Force. It was the Modi government’s first Government to Government deal.
So why not ditch it and go for our indigenous LUH?
 

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KA-226, AK-203 and IGLA-S are the 3 deals with Russia that have not been concluded for a long time now. MOD needs to quickly decide whether to go ahead or cancel them. No point in dragging it on endlessly.
 

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Just cancel them.
NO, If we cancel all these, we will have to do a re-tender for these which means re testing. If AK-203 gets cancelled then a new tender floating will take an year, 5-6 years in selection and testing, 1-2 years in price negotiations and 1-2 years to commence production considering our incompetency.
 

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INDO-RUSSIAN KA-226T HELICOPTER PROJECT COULD BECOME MODEL FOR MOSCOW’S TECH TRANSFER POLICY
The Indo-Russian Ka-226T Helicopter project could become a future model for protection of Russian intellectual property (IP) while transferring technology to international partners for local manufacture and assembly.


In order to increase revenues from the commercialization of Russian intellectual property, state-owned arms export agency, Rosoboronexport (RoE) has developed methodologies for assessing the cost of technology transfer. However, fear of Russian technology being copied or reverse engineered remain.

In this context, RoE has for the first time developed methodologies for IP protection along with smooth transfer of technology (TOT) and implemented it in the KA-226 project with India.

Based on its India experience, Rosoboronexport has made recommendations (for IP protection during technology transfer to foreign partners) in future international projects.

"The methodology described in the recommendations has already been tested, and is being applied in the course of realization of a joint project with the Russian Helicopters to transfer technologies for the production of the Ka-226T helicopter in India. Rosoboronexport and Russian Helicopters have approved a roadmap with specific activities and areas of responsibility, and are following it," said RoE General Director Alexander Mikheev at a meeting of the Foreign Trade Activity Committee of the Union of Russian Machine Builders (URMB) on May 26. The URMB is dedicated to the protection of intellectual property of Russian defence companies.

During the meeting, the first vice-president of URMB, Vladimir Gutenev noted that today the Russian manufacturer is subject to sanctions pressure, even under previously executed contracts, besides in financial settlements. “At the same time, there is a growing desire on the part of customers to carry out transfers and localize technologies. In export it is often necessary to refine not only products, but also design and technological documentation,” he stressed.

Due to weak IP protection, Russian defence entities are at risk of having their products reverse-engineered, particularly in countries such as China which have a strong manufacturing base. The China-made Shenyang J-11/16 fighter jets bear a striking resemblance to the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 while the carrier-based Shenyang J-15 squares up with the Sukhoi Su-33 which was designed for carrier operation.

Former Soviet states such as Ukraine offer maintenance and overhaul services for older generation Russian equipment without approval from the original equipment manufacturer. In December 2020, Russian Helicopters had warned that Ukrainian enterprises repairing its Mi-17V-5 helicopters in service with the Afghan Air Force might endanger lives of crew as they lacked the necessary technical documentation.

Vladimir Gutenev also said that when the customer demands 100% localization of technologies, the issues of preventing the leakage of Russian technologies arise. These factors make a comprehensive approach to solving the issue of organizing ToT and the development of the current legislation both in the field of military-technical cooperation and in the field of intellectual property protection relevant.

At DefExpo 2020 expo in Lucknow Russian Helicopters had signed a roadmap with Indo-Russian Helicopters Limited (IRHL) for the production of Ka-226T helicopters in India. The document defines the main stages and terms for organizing production of the Ka-226T helicopter and its units in India with respect to the date when the corresponding contract will be signed.

The roadmap reflects the timing of preparation of production in India, contracting with suppliers, transfer of design documentation, supply of technological equipment and machine kits, training of Indian personnel and other key stages of the project to localize production of the Ka-226T helicopter in India.

“The roadmap signed today will become the basis for the further development of the Ka-226T localization project in India after the contract is signed,” said Andrey Boginsky, General Director of the Russian Helicopters holding.

In the autumn of 2020 Defenseworld.net discussed the Russian-Indian Ka-226T project in an interview with Konstantin Makienko, the deputy director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), an independent Russian think tank. He pointed out, that the program was "a unique chance for India to master a number of crucial helicopter engineering technologies, including the unique coaxial rotors scheme."
 

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Russia to introduce new turboshaft engines to Asian market

Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC, a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) is expanding its portfolio of turboshaft engines for helicopters.

“In 2019-2020 the UEC’s share in the global helicopter engine market was between 10 and 12 percent. The corporation now has two such engines in its portfolio of export-oriented products, namely Klimov VK-2500 and Klimov TV7-117V,” according to a UEC representative.

The UEC’s market share in the helicopter engine cluster will increase to 18-20 percent by 2035. “The introduction of new Klimov VK-650V and Klimov VK-1600V engines and the adaptation of all family of Russian helicopter engines to foreign-made platforms in UEC’s traditional markets, namely the countries of South-East Asia will be the main reasons behind the anticipated growth,” said the UEC representative.

 

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