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Mi-38 and Ka-226T to be showcased during Defexpo India 2016
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 3/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

New Delhi: "Russian Helicopters" holding company (part of the Rostec State Corporation) for the first time will participate in the Defexpo India 2016 exhibition, held from 28 to 31 March in Quitol (Goa, India). "Russian Helicopters" will showcase the latest Mi-38 and Ka-226T at one of the most important military exhibitions in South Asia.

"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".

The product line of the holding "Russian Helicopters" on Defexpo India 2016 will present multipurpose helicopters: the medium transport Mi-38 and the light utility Ka-226T.

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

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.

Mi38

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.

Russian Helicopters, JSC (part of Rostec State Corporation) is a leading player in the global helicopter industry and the sole designer and manufacturer of helicopters in Russia. The holding company was founded in 2007. The company is headquartered in Moscow. The holding company operates five helicopter assembly plants, two design bureaus and components manufacturing and maintenance facilities, aircraft repair plants and a service company that provides after-sales support service in Russia and abroad. The company caters to the needs of Russia's Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs, EMERCOM and other government authorities and agencies, Gazprom Avia and UTair airlines as well as major Russian and foreign companies. JSC "Kazan Helicopters" produces the family of Mi-8/17 helicopters, which are operated in more than 100 countries. These helicopters are available in a wide range of modifications: transport, passenger, rescue, troop transport, and many others. The project for mass production of the freight and passenger helicopter Mi-38 is underway.

Rostec State Corporation is a Russian corporation established to promote design, manufacture and exports of high-tech manufacturing products for civilian and military use.  It includes over 700 entities currently organized into 9 holding companies in the defense industry and 5 – in civilian industries and also 22 enterprises directly managed by Rostec. The corporation’s portfolio includes such famous brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA and others. Rostec's enterprises are located across 60 constituent members of the Russian Federation marketing their products to more than 70 countries. Rostec’s revenue in 2014 was 25.1 billion USD.

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