Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability 7 Aug, 17, Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian Navy is currently looking to procure 110 light utility helicopters (LUH). They have already rejected the Russian Kamov Ka-226T helicopter because the blades cannot fold and will not be able to fit inside a ship’s hangar. The Ka-226T also cannot carry torpedoes, which is a “mandatory requirement,” reports Defence News.

The Navy is expressing interest in domestic companies such as Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Forge, Reliance, Mahindra Aerospace and Tata Advanced Systems. One of these companies will partner with an overseas company to complete the $5 billion contract. The overseas companies that are competing for the contract include Sikorsky, Airbus, and Bell.

 

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