India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to the joint venture (JV) formed between Russian Helicopters and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the supply of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Army Aviation Corps (AAC).
Industry sources told Jane’s on 16 May that the RFP, which was despatched in early May to the India-Russia Helicopters Limited Company, requires the JV to supply 60 twin-engined Ka-226T platforms in fly-away condition from Russia.
The remaining 140 helicopters are to be licence-built by the JV at a new facility in the Indian city of Tumkur for INR50 billion (USD736 million), with the amount of indigenous content set to be 70%.
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