Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has offered to improve the after-sales system for domestically produced helicopters in India.
At a recent meeting of officials from the three services, there was also an offer to sign long-term contracts between the Indian Air Force, Navy and interior ministry and Russian Helicopters Holding Company for a period of 3 to 5 years.
According to a Russian company executive: “This will have a positive effect on collaborative efforts as part of the after-sales service of helicopters and will also streamline communication channels between the parties in the delivery of contracts.”
Another essential proposal to improve the after-sales service of Russian helicopters in India relates to the supply of advanced ground support systems and check-out equipment. This will make all operations more consistent and automate many maintenance and repair operations for helicopters.
Russian Helicopters Holding Company has plans to build new as well as upgrade the existing infrastructure for helicopter maintenance and repair operations in India. Primary consideration is to be given to upgrading previously supplied helicopters: upgrade work on rotor transmission, fuel system, radio navigation and communications equipment; installation of a new-type engine and APU (auxiliary power unit) and improved protection against terrorist threats.
Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the global helicopter industry and the sole designer and manufacturer of helicopters in Russia. In fact earlier this year, at Aero India, a delegation from KRET, part of Rostec Corporation, conducted a series of negotiations with representatives from Indian companies regarding the modernization of the country’s air force fleet. As a result of the meetings, agreements were finalized for cooperation with potential customers. KRET products are well known in India, primarily thanks to cooperation in the military-technical sphere.
Some other deals which both countries will likely finalize in the coming months include setting up of units of Russian original equipment manufacturers in India for maintenance and repair of Russian fighter planes like Sukhoi and Mi helicopters.