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    Russia and India are currently in talks to finalize a deal for the production of Russian helicopters in India. The helicopters will be used to cater to the requirements of the Indian armed forces and only after that will exports happen, according to the statement of unnamed officials from the Russian embassy.

    MOSCOW, December 22 (Sputnik) — Russia and India are currently in talks to finalize a deal for the production of Russian helicopters in India with the possibility of exporting them to third party countries, The Hindu reported Monday, citing unnamed officials from the Russian embassy.

    Russian diplomats told The Hindu that “initially the helicopters will be used to cater to the requirements of the Indian armed forces and only after that will exports happen.”

    The helicopter deal was agreed in principle at a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during Putin's December visit to New Delhi. According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who accompanied Putin on his visit, the agreement stipulates assembling 400 Russian Mi-17 and Kamov-226T helicopters per year.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the World Diamond Conference in the Vigyan Bhawan Palace, New Delhi
    © Sputnik / Michael Klimentyev
    Following his meeting with Putin, Modi said in an official statement that he was pleased “that Russia has offered to fully manufacture in India one of its most advanced helicopters” and that the final agreement on the matter will come up very soon.

    According to The Hindu, India’s Defense Ministry is currently looking into public and private sectors to choose a partner company from within India. The country’s defense giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is named among the companies being considered.

    The Mi-17 is a popular Russia medium twin-turbine transport helicopter used in more than 60 countries. The Kamov-226T is a light multipurpose helicopter with the maximum take-off weight of 4,000 tons. The Ka-226T is intended for performing special tasks including cargo and passenger transportation to hard-to-reach mountainous areas as well as rescue and patrol operations.

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    Kamov-226T, Mi-17, helicopter, Dmitry Rogozin, Vladimir Putin, Narendra Modi, India, Russia
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