Russia, China to design, build heavy-lift helicopter

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Russia and China will cooperate in jointly developing and manufacturing a heavy-lift helicopter, a Russian deputy industry and trade minister said on Tuesday.
Denis Manturov said the new helicopter could be based on the Russian Mi-26 and that the two sides were currently discussing the new machine's specifications taking into account China's domestic needs.
"This machine will be oriented toward the Chinese market and the project will be commercial," he said.
The Mi-26 Halo, a heavy transport helicopter with civilian and military applications, is the largest and most powerful helicopter ever to have gone into production.
Manturov also said Russia and China would cooperate in manufacturing aircraft engines.
http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20100713/159799118.html



now what is india thinking on this new development JV with china strange when russia is looking to fight china in arms market
 
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Do the Chinese need this when they have MI-26?? In a few months Chinese will have their own reversed engineered version.
 

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looks like russia is so desperate for money that it is willing to shoot itself...good going russia if this is how they keep on working with china it wont be long before russia arms industry will be like soviet union[history]
 

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I think its also a signal to India. Russia has to ensure that its arms industry is running. The report also says that it will be aimed at chinese market so Russia need not worry about its market share in this case. When we can request proposals from europeans and americans then this jv should not come as a surprise to us. Each country has to safeguard its interests. would have to see how this development will impat our decision on the heavy lift aircraft requirement.
 

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