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Russian Aviation & Military Guide ¹ 01(02) February, 2016
Russian Helicopters for India
Russian Helicopters for India
Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec,
delivered the final batch of helicopters to India under a previously signed
agreement. India received 151 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters produced
by JSC Kazan Helicopters through Rosoboronexport. Under an agreement between the
Russian and Indian governments with regard to cooperation in the helicopter
industry, the production of no less than 200 Ka-226T helicopters and its
modifications will be organized in India.
Russia and India have commenced a large project aimed to produce no less than
200 Ka-226T light utility multirole helicopters, as RIA Novosti was informed on
Thursday by the press office of Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation
Rostec). During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow last
December, the Russian and Indian governments signed the agreement on cooperation
in the helicopter industry. According to the document, no less than 200 of the
Ka-226T helicopters and its modifications will be manufactured in India.
The agreement also includes maintenance, operation, repairs of helicopters and
provision of technical support. "Currently, the sides have begun implementing
the agreement. Large-scale international deals usually have a lengthy
preparation period, with deal details kept confidential. All work is being
carried out in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Technical
consultations and talks between the Russian and Indian companies involved in the
project are already being conducted," said the company's press service.
The press office noted that “there are no contradictions between the partners”.
“In the nearest future we will approve technical and organizational details
covering all key parameters. The holding specialists are currently assessing
production capacity of our Indian partners,” informed the holding company.
According to the agreements, the localization of components “will be very deep:
the contract will be implemented in accordance with the 'Make in India' program
adopted by the Indian government.”
The light multirole Ka-226T helicopter was designed by Kamov Design Bureau (a
subsidiary of Russian Helicopters) and is serially produced at Kumertau Aviation
Production Enterprise. It has a coaxial main rotor system and is noted for
excellent controllability and power-to-weight ratio.
KA-226T is equipped with modern flight control equipment. The helicopter easily
maneuvers in dense urban and mountainous areas. Absence of a tail rotor and
compact size make it possible to use on small landing pads. Ka-226T boasts low
noise level and meets all latest environmental performance requirements. It has
a swappable transport module allowing to change the helicopter’s functionality
within a short time.
“India is one of the key markets for Russian helicopter building industry and
the largest operator of Russian-made helicopters in the South-East Asia. Today,
this country uses more than 400 helicopters, which have proved themselves well,”
said Russian Helicopter CEO Alexander Mikheev. “We produce high-tech multirole
helicopters capable of solving the most difficult tasks anywhere in the world.”
The Mi-17V-5 helicopters supplied to India are some of the best technically
equipped helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series and gathered the best solutions of
previous generations. Every Indian Mi-17V-5 helicopter is fitted with a KNEI-8
avionics suite. The suite has replaced multiple systems indicators with four
large multi-functional that are easy to read and reduce the intensity of pilot’s
workload. This avionics suite also helps to cut down pre-flight inspection time
by displaying all systems data and alerting the crew when necessary. Besides,
the helicopters supplied to India are equipped with the latest and more powerful
engines, which will greatly enhance its payload carriage capability at higher
altitudes, characteristic of the Indian landscape.
As recently announced, Russia and India have started to implement a large
project aimed to manufacture of no less than 200 light multirole Ka-226T
helicopters. According to documents signed by the governments of the two
countries, no less than 200 of the Ka-226T helicopters and their modifications
will be manufactured in India. The agreement also includes maintenance,
operation, repairs of helicopters and provision of technical support.
In addition, the Indian Air Force is planning to order another 48 Mi-17V-5
helicopters. These new helicopters will be used for flights over various
landscapes, in deserts as well as in mountainous regions.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received the last of the Mil Mi-17V-5 'Hip'
medium-lift platforms it ordered from Russian Helicopters, ahead of the expected
signing soon of a contract for more, it was announced on 2 February.
Delivery of this final batch of the 151 Mi-17V-5 helicopters for India marks the
end of a procurement programme launched in 2008 (including 12 ordered for
India's paramilitary forces). In July 2015, the IAF announced its intention to
procure 48 additional platforms, but it has yet to sign a contract.
Produced by JSC Kazan Helicopters through Rosoboronexport, the Mi-17V-5s fielded
by India are among the most advanced variants of the 'Hip' helicopter family.
They are equipped with more powerful engines for 'hot and high' conditions (the
IAF has employed them to sustain Indian Army formations deployed along the 6.4
km-high Siachen glacier in the Himalayas) and the KNEI-8 avionics suite that
replaces the previous analogue cockpit with modern digital instrumentation.
India has also issued a request for information for its fleet to be fitted with
an advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite that comprises radar warning receivers
(RWRs), missile approach warning systems (MAWS), and countermeasure dispensing
A growing mission for the IAF is humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR), and
the service is looking to procure the additional helicopters specifically to
give it more capacity in this role. In 2013 one of the Mi-17V-5 helicopters was
lost while participating in rescue operations in the flood-affected north of
India, killing five.
While most of the delivered Mi-17V-5 helicopters have been weaponised, it is not
clear if the additional 48 will be.
Kazan Helicopters produces Mi-8/17 series helicopters that are operated in over
100 countries worldwide. A wide range of configurations are produced: transport,
passenger, search and rescue, landing and transport, among many others.
Preparations are underway to launch production of the Mi-38 passenger transport
helicopter. Since 1997, Kazan Helicopters has been certified to develop
helicopter technology: today the light twin-engine Ansat helicopter is in series
Russian Helicopters demonstrated its newest multipurpose helicopters during the
4th Bahrain International Airshow – 2016 at Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain. The
holding company not only showcased its products and capabilities in after-sales
service for helicopters produced by Russian Helicopters but also conducted
negotiations with current operators and potential buyers from North Africa, Near
and Middle East.
One of the key focuses during negotiations was the development of an integrated
after-sale service system and ensuring quick first-rate services for helicopters
throughout their entire life cycle. The fleet of Soviet/Russian-made helicopters
in Near and Middle Eastern countries today exceeds 500 civil and military
aircrafts. The possibility to conduct timely maintenance and repairs in the
target region would allow local operators to achieve better operability of
helicopters and cut costs.
The Mi-171A2 helicopter, the successful heir of the most popular Mi-8/17 series
of medium helicopters, has significantly better specs for consumers. With
VK-2500PS-03 engines developed by Klimov, APU Safir that ensures engine start at
heights up to 6,000 m, advanced aerodynamics of the main rotor’s composite
blades, and the X-shaped anti-torque rotor, this helicopter has better speed
performance, lifting capacity, enhanced capabilities in mountain areas, at high
temperatures and humidity, and lower operational expenses. The helicopter’s
ability to operate in adverse weather conditions, day and night, in mountain
areas and above water is ensured by its new avionics, including the KBO-17
integrated open-architecture flight and navigation system and advanced automatic
control system which allows piloting in automatic, automated and manual modes.
High automation level makes it possible to use crews with just two members. At
the present time, a flight test program with two prototypes is underway.
The Ansat light helicopter with the largest cabin in its class, up to seven
passenger seats, will be of substantial interest to the airshow visitors.
Certification of its VIP variant with five seats and an air-conditioning system
makes the helicopter attractive for corporate and private customers. The cabin
has shock-absorbing seats and vibration-reducing armrests. For additional
passenger comfort there are also flight kits with active noise reduction. With
the use of quick-detach equipment kits, Ansat can be quickly refit for a wide
range of tasks including transportation of cargo and passengers, search and
rescue operations, and medevac missions.
Russian Helicopters will also feature its multipurpose Ka-32A11BC model, which
is capable of solving a variety of tasks, from cargo transportation internally
and on an external sling to patrolling, search and rescue operations, and
firefighting. The availability of quick-detach equipment kits makes it possible
to quickly adapt the helicopter for the operator’s tasks. The Ka-32A11BC is
certified according to international standards; one of its main features is the
ability to operate day and night in adverse weather conditions, above land and
water. The helicopter is designed to land on unprepared and unpaved landing
pads, with air temperatures up to + 45°Ñ.
The Ka-226T helicopter has a unique set of features that make it indispensable
for operations on small pads, including mountainous areas. Due to its excellent
maneuverability, small size, absence of the antitorque rotor and high
power-to-weight ratio, the helicopter is capable of performing transportation
and special tasks under rough conditions. In addition to the above, its low
noise level and compliance with modern and future environmental requirements
make it possible to use the Ka-226T over densely populated areas.
Russian Helicopters, (part of State Corporation Rostec), is one of the global
leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production
powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters was founded in 2007 and is
headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production
facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as
well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in
Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian
ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal
Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major
Russian corporations. In 2014 its IFRS revenues increased 22,8% to RUB 169,8
billion. Deliveries reached 271 helicopters.
State Corporation Rostec is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 for the
purpose of promoting the development, production and export of hi-tech civilian
and military industry products. It comprises 700 organisations, nine of which
have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex,
five of them are involved in civil industries and 22 are directly controlled.
Rostec’s portfolio includes recognised brands such as Avtovaz, Kamaz, Russian
Helicopters, and VSMPO-AVISMA. Rostec’s organisations are located in 60
constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply their products to the
markets of more than 70 countries. The revenue of Rostec in 2014 amounted to RUB
964.5 billion. The tax deductions into the treasuries at all levels exceeded RUB
According to information from the Russian Helicopters
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