We are planning to tell the participants of the exhibition about the competitive advantages of Ka-226T helicopter, which will be produced at the facilities of the JV
What will be the main emphasis of Russian Helicopters in DefExpo 2018? What are you going to promote and why?
We are going to present Mi-171A2 and Ka-226T helicopters at the exhibition. We managed to achieve a certain progress regarding both these models in India, but we are anticipating further success. We are planning to tell the participants of the exhibition about the competitive advantages of Ka-226T helicopter, which will be produced at the facilities of the Joint Venture (JV). We are very proud of this project and, as well as the Indian party, we are interested in the development of our JV even after the order for 200 helicopters is performed.
During the air show in Dubai we concluded the export contract for Mi-171A2, one of its first operator will be India. We intend to certify Mi-171A2 in this country to increase the scope of our deliveries. We also have a contract for the delivery of Mi-171A2 to Kazakhstan, and I am sure that the successful experience of operation of the helicopter by foreign partners will increase the demand for this helicopter.
Which technologies will Russian Helicopters promote at the exhibition?
For us the agenda of DefExpo is defined mostly by the Indo-Russian project for the supply of 200 Ka-226T helicopters. Together with our partners we are planning to make sure that we are on the same page. We are planning to discuss the course of implementation and the prospects of the project, forthcoming transfer of technologies and many other business issues.
What are your expectations of DefExpo 2018?
Together with the Indian colleagues we plan to hold a number of negotiations regarding after-sales support of earlier supplied helicopters. This issue is of crucial importance for us given the fact that India is one of the largest operators of Russian and Soviet-made helicopters. We see mutual interest in timely extension of flight airworthiness of our helicopters as it ensures flight safety.