Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make-in-India pitch on Thursday received a strong backing from Rostec, a Russian state corporation set up to promote development, production and export of hi-tech industrial products for civil and defence sectors.
Rostec is leading the Russian contingent — comprising representatives from 30 corporate organisations — at the five-day Aero India 2015 at the IAF base at Yelahanka.
Speaking at the sidelines of the show, Rostec head (international cooperation department) Viktor K Kladov said he was impressed with Modi’s opening speech. “He said enough is enough — we need to make in India. We need to make a new start — that’s a spin-off for civilian industry…” said Kladov.
In his speech on Wednesday, Modi had said the government was determined to reduce imports and develop the domestic defence industry “with a sense of mission, which is at the heart of our Make-in-India programme”.
Another senior official of Rostec echoed Kladov’s view. He said: “India is a key market for the Russian helicopter-building industry, and the largest operator of Russia-made helicopters in the region… We are pleased to showcase our new projects at this exhibition, especially Ka-226T, which boasts a wealth of features.”
Kladov dismissed suggestions that Russia was upset with India doing a lot of business with the US. “We don’t say you don’t trade with the US. We are not inclined to tell India what to do because we are friends and partners. We do not impose preconditions like Americans who address other nations not to buy from Russia,” he said.
Among other products, Rostec is showcasing Ka-226T — a light, twin-engine multirole, coaxial helicopter.
The Ka-226T, with Turbomeca Arrius 2G1 engines, can be used in search-and-rescue, patrol or landing operations. Its ease of handling and latest avionics means that this helicopter is easy to manoeuvre in mountainous terrain or built-up urban centres. Due to absence of a tail rotor and its compact design, the Ka-226T can land even on small sites.
The company proposes to establish production of this model in India.