Kamov deal: On the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladmir Putin are all set to sign the crucial Kamov 226T chopper deal on Saturday, reported India Today. The deal, which has been in the works for quite some time now, has a ‘Make in India’ angle to it, the channel said. This is in line with PM Narendra Modi’s vision to promote indigenous defence manufacturing. The preliminary contract for 200 helicopters was signed during PM Modi’s Russia visit earlier.
According to Russian Helicopters, the maker of Kamov, the light multipurpose helicopter is designed for work in difficult conditions of high mountains, hot climate and on marine areas. It allows for reconnaissance, targeting and monitoring of transportation (up to 1500 kg). The chopper can carry 7 paratroopers or service personnel. The chopper has a maximum cruise speed of 220 km/hour and a maximum takeoff weight of 3600 kg.
The final contract agreement will be signed on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Goa this weekend. The nearly $1 billion deal will help replace India’s ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters. “The contract for export and joint production of 200 Ka-226T helicopters is one of the key projects in the framework of trade and industrial relations between Russia and India. We plan to expand them in both military-technical and civilian areas,” PTI reported the head of Rostec, Sergei Chemezov as saying. Rostec State Corporation is an umbrella organisation of about 700 Russian firms that was founded in 2007 to promote the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military purposes.
The deal is one of the many that are currently under works between India and Russia. Yet another big deal that is in the pipeline is the one for acquisition of five S-400 Triumf missile systems, that are said to be the most advanced in Russian arsenal. The S-400 missile system is said to be feared by even the US, for it is capable for shooting down America’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-35.