New Delhi. March 26, 2016. “Russian Helicopters” will showcase the latest Mi-38 andKa-226T at one of most important military exhibitions in South Asia.The product line of the holding “Russian Helicopters” on Defexpo India 2016 will present multipurpose helicopters: the medium transport Mi-38and the light utility Ka-226T.
“We intend to strengthen our market position in South Asia, increasing sales of serial production and offering comprehensive after-sales service of helicopters. India currently operates more than 400 Russian-made helicopters and plans to expand its fleet” said Alexander Mikheyev, General Director of “Russian Helicopters”.
Fitted with trademark Kamov coaxial rotors, the maneuverable, compact Ka-226T is designed to perform transport and special missions in any weather, at any time of the day. Due to the absence of a tail rotor the helicopter is safe for use on small pads and in complex terrain. Ka-226T can be used as health, police, search and rescue, passenger and transport helicopter.
At present, Russia and India have already begun the implementation of the helicopter project cooperation agreement signed in December 2015. The agreement provides for the joint production of at least 200 units of the Ka-226T.
Ka-226T will be showcased in a medical version to the visitors Defexpo India 2016. In this modification the helicopter is equipped with a stretcher to transport the injured, oxygen cylinders and the necessary medical equipment for providing first aid to the victims. For medical personnel there are folding seats in the cabin of Ka-226T.
Of great interest to visitors of the exhibition will present the future flagship of the Russian helicopter industry, the medium multipurpose helicopter Mi-38, fully assembled from Russian components. Compared to other similar helicopters in its class, Mi-38 is faster, with a weight-lift and passenger capacity. The machine can be operated in any time of day, in difficult climatic and weather conditions. Using modern helicopter avionics (the “glass cockpit”) increases flight safety and allows the crew to quicker analyze the readings and the information received. Mi-38 helicopter can be used for cargo transportation, passenger transportation (also in a VIP version), as well as a flying hospital and helicopter for offshore operations. In December 2015 the Mi-38 received complete certification and is ready to enter the market.
India is known as a major buyer and operator of military helicopters produced in Russia, but the country is also interested in the acquisition of civilian-use machines. Currently India operates civilian helicopters such as the Mi-172. In addition, “Russian Helicopters” currently participates in the tender for the supply of an additional batch of Mi-172 helicopters in the amount of two units.
At Defexpo India 2016 “Russian Helicopters” will hold talks with the leading aircraft company in India – Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Pawan Hans Limited – a state transport companies, which operates helicopters Mi-172 and other organizations. For Pawan Hans Limited “Russian Helicopters” planned to hold the presentation of the Mi-38 and Mi-171A2.