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    Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said that it was necessary to put in every effort to expedite the signing of the contract for the production of Russian Ka-226T light utility multirole helicopters for India.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar noted the necessity to speed up the signing of a contract for the joint production with Russia of at least 200 Ka-226T light utility multirole helicopters, the Russian Helicopter’s deputy CEO said Wednesday.

    "The minister visited the stand of the company and, in particular, got acquainted with the Ka-226T. He said it was necessary to put in every effort to expedite the signing of the contract for the production of these helicopters for India," Igor Chechikov told RIA Novosti.

    The deal to produce the helicopters for India's Air Force was signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's December 2015 visit to Moscow. The contract also entails servicing, repair and technical assistance.

    Russian Helicopters, which is part of the state-owned Rostec corporation, is currently evaluating the capacity of Indian facilities where production is set to take place, according to the company.

    Introduced in 2002, the Ka-226 series of helicopters are designed by the Kamov Design Bureau, part of the Russian Helicopters company. The Ka-226T model is fitted with updated navigation and automatic control equipment, as well as an interchangeable mission pod, which allows for flexible equipment configurations.

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