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Kamov delivery to start in 2 years after contract signing

Kamov delivery to start in 2 years after contract signing

The delivery of Kamov military helicopters to India will begin within two years of the signing of a contract, according to a top Russian official, who indicated that the number of choppers to be supplied could be increased to more than 200 in the future.

Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec State Corporation, said that after the establishment of the joint venture (JV) in May for the production of Kamov military helicopters, Russia expects an official request from the Indian defence ministry.
A contract will then be signed for the delivery of the choppers.
"After the contract is signed, within two years, the first deliveries of helicopters will be made. The agreement for that is signed and is being exercised," he told reporters on the sidelines of Russia's premier airshow MAKS 2017.
Talking about the 2015 $1 billion deal for the supply of the KA-226T helicopters, Chemezov said: "We have to supply a certain amount, most will be localised, in total, in the amount of 200 helicopters. But in the future this can be increased."
Chemezov said that under the deal the minimum project volume was for "the procurement of 40 helicopters from Russia and production of 160 helicopters in India with different localisation degrees."
Earlier reports said that 60 Kamov-226T helicopters will be supplied to India in fly-away condition, while 140 will be manufactured in India.
Chemezov said Russia expects the target location to implement the project will be in Bengaluru on the production capacities of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) that are currently used in the assembly project of Su-30 MKI.
The necessary conditions are available there including human resources for successful implementation of the project, he said.
The Rostec chief also said that within the joint project, "it is possible to engage other companies, including private ones, depending on the Indian party".
"They have to evaluate and affirm the readiness and reliability of private companies for most of which it is a new business domain," Chemezov said.

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