70% of India’s military helicopters have been in service for over 30 years, the rest in service for almost 50 years, often requiring refurbishment and maintenance.
India has decided to cancel the production of Ka-226T helicopters on its territory, Bloomberg reports, citing senior sources in the Indian government. Instead, it is possible that ready-made military Ka-226T helicopters will be purchased, since the Indian Air Force needs to immediately replace its fleet of more than 320 obsolete helicopters.
At the same time, India is considering the possibility of buying ready-made helicopters, as it urgently needs to update its fleet of helicopters, which includes over 320 obsolete machines. The letter of intent, signed in 2015, provided for the delivery of 200 Ka-226T helicopters to the Indian Armed Forces, of which 60 were to be supplied from Russia, and 140 were produced at a joint venture organized by HAL corporation and Russian Helicopters at HAL Bangalore plant.