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India, Russia to fast track production of Ka-226T chopper, AK203 rifle

India and Russia have agreed to resolve issues around the production of Ka-226T helicopters and AK203 rifle and put them on a fast track. Fast-tracking for the production of Ka 226T and AK203 was discussed during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Moscow earlier this week.

“The parties have resolved and will make all efforts to fast-track the launching of these projects,” sources told DNA Ka-226T helicopter project announced in 2014 is expected to replace Indian army’s light utility helicopters Cheetah and Chetak.

The main aim of the project is “Make in India” production of the helicopters with scaled up role of Indian companies. Many of local Indian vendors are expected to become the suppliers as the Russian-Indian joint venture has signed MoUs with a number of companies.

Sources said “India will be able to receive some crucial helicopter technologies” with “integration of various helicopter systems being possible.”

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