Contract for supply of 12 Mi-17 choppers to India in pre-signing stage

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 17:48

The contract for the supply of 12 Mi-17 helicopters to the Indian Interior Ministry is in the pre-signing stage, Rosoboronexport Deputy Head Viktor Komardin said on Wednesday, February 6.

“The contract is ready, it has been initialed and is in the pre-signing stage,” Komardin said, adding that it would involve the supply of 12 Mi-17 helicopters: three VIP versions and 9 for coast guards.

The medium multirole Mi-17 helicopter is a modernised version of the Mi-8 craft. Its universal nature and high performance characteristics made it the most widely used helicopter in the world. Over 11,000 Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters have been manufactured up to date and supplied to 80 countries.

Russia to bid for supply of ship-based helicopters to India

Russia will bid for the right to supply its ship-based Ka-226T helicopters to the Indian Air Force, Rosoboronexport Deputy Head Viktor Komardin said.

“In store is a tender for helicopters for naval aviation. We think we have good chances. Our helicopters are ideal for the purpose,” he said on Wednesday, February 6.

Russia is ready to bid for the supply of light and heavy helicopters, Helicopters of Russia Head Dmitry Petrov said.

“We think that we will ready to bid in the light class with the Ka-226T helicopters or, if the tender is postponed, with a helicopter that will be made specially in the light class for the Navy – Ka-226TM. As for heavy helicopters, we have Ka-31, Ka-28, Ka-27, and Ka-32 aircraft. The customer is to decide on the configuration,” Petrov said. 

Russia intends to bid in tender for delivery of 120 multipurpose deck choppers to Indian Navy 

Russia intends to bid in a tender for the delivery of 120 multipurpose deck choppers to the Indian Navy, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin told reporters on Tuesday.

“If a tender is announced and we receive an offer, we will participate in the tender. Unless we receive an invitation, we are among candidates for the bidding in the tender,” he said.

Each tender is announced “already with the prepared appropriate tactical and technical characteristics, their major spectrum in different trends, and each potential bidder in the tender estimates his capacities,” he noted. “Therefore, I do not haste to confirm anything. The tender can be conducted with those features, for which we will not find a prototype. We should wait for a tender to be announced, consider which characteristics will be announced, and then estimate whether we will bid in it,” Fomin gave his cautious comments on the issue.

Meanwhile, a source in the Russian defence and industrial sector told ARMS-TASS that Russia will certainly find an opportunity to participate in this tender. “All deck helicopters, which the Indian Navy is armed with, are produced in Russia. So, in this sphere Russia has vast capacities that are expanding thanks to the works, which are being done for the adaptation of the chopper Ka-52 Alligator to the maritime conditions in view of the planned deployment of this helicopter on the deck of future Russian helicopter carriers Mistral.

It was reported earlier that the Indian Navy will soon announce the largest world tender for the purchase of over 120 multipurpose deck helicopters. The cost of the contract for their delivery reached 350 billion rupees (6.5 billion dollars). The European companies Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and their US rivals Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin are expected to participate in the tender.

The Indian Navy earlier intended to buy a batch of 75 deck choppers at the cost of four billion dollars. However, a future contract for their delivery was increased to 120 helicopter gunships.

BANGALORE, India, February 6 (Itar-Tass)

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