17-Feb-2010 Source: Press Trust of India
Russia has brought three of its Kamov-226 light multi-purpose helicopters to join trials in high altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir for the Indian armed forces’ requirement for 197 such choppers.
“We have brought the Ka-226 helicopters for the high altitude trials that are going on at present. We are competing in the bids against Eurocopter and Agusta Westland,” Rosoboronexport’s deputy director general Victor Komardin said here today.
Ka-226, an upgraded version of the Ka-26 choppers, will be competing in the trials against European chopper manufacturer Eurocopter’s AS-550 and British-Italian major Agusta Westland’s AW119 helicopters for the tenders.
The tenders were floated last year to equip the army with 133 and the IAF with 64 such choppers to replace its ageing 350-helicopter Cheetah and Chetak fleet.