India, Russia to ink deal on choppers

India, Russia to ink deal on choppers

A deal for production of Russian Ka-226T helicopters in India will be inked during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to Moscow.

Modi will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the annual India-Russia summit in Moscow on December 24. With both leaders keen to boost bilateral defence cooperation, they are likely to discuss proposals for Russia providing advanced missile defence system and leasing out another nuclear-powered submarine to India, apart from production of Ka-226T helicopters by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Goa.

Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, said negotiations between New Delhi and Moscow for the “major helicopter project” have neared their conclusion.

“We hope the relevant intergovernmental agreement that will support production of Russian helicopters in India can be reached on December 24,” Rogozin, who was in New Delhi for preparation of the prime minister’s visit to Moscow, said.

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