Mumbai: Moscow-based Russian Helicopters JSC is in talks to build a helicopter manufacturing facility in India, along with state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and the Delhi-based investment firm Sun Group.

The company plans to build the Ka-226T, a light, twin-engine, multirole, coaxial helicopter.

In an interview, Viktor N. Kladov, head of the international co-operation department of Rostec State Corp., said Russian Helicopters will hold up to 49% in the venture while HAL and the Sun Group will hold the balance.

Russian Helicopters is a unit of Rostec State Corp.

The Ka-226T underwent testing in India during the helicopter tender, which was cancelled by Indian authorities last year.

The Ka-226T, with Turbomeca Arrius 2G1 engines, can be used in search-and-rescue, patrol or landing operations.

The helicopter can be operated by India’s law enforcement and civilian agencies. “We have proposed the idea of producing Ka-226T helicopters in India. But there was no progress for the last four years," Kladov said.

“Officials of the new government have met us and ensured a quick response in a fortnight. We are encouraged by the approach of the new government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi."

He did not disclose investment details or the time frame.

“We were waiting for the last four years. Once we get the approvals, we will be readying our project," Kladov said.

He hinted that Russian Helicopters officials met Indian government officials on Wednesday along with Sun Group executives.

An email sent to Sun Group did not elicit any response.

Russian Helicopters is a unit of Rostec State Corp. It comprises 700 organizations, nine of which have now been formed as holding companies of the military-industrial complex—five of then are involved in civilian industries and 22 are directly controlled.

Russian Helicopters is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia.

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