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India may soon manufacture Russian Kamov Ka-226 copters locally

Indian Ambassador to Russia Venkatesh Varma said that defence cooperation will be one of the key areas of collaboration between India and Russia.

August 25, 2020 / 11:30 AM IST
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Russia is keen to collaborate with India in the area of defence and could sign a deal soon for manufacturing its Kamov Ka-226 helicopters in India, hinted Indian Ambassador to Russia, Venkatesh Varma.

Varma said he also expects to make some important announcements at the upcoming India-Russia Bilateral Summit, including Russia's support for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make-in-India initiative.

Varma said some technical discussions regarding the production of Kamov 226 helicopters in India were pending. Once those discussions are successful, the next stage will be signing the contract for the production of helicopters, an ANI report stated quoting Sputnik news.

"While defence cooperation will be one of the key points during the discussion, the Indian-Russian bilateral summit will cover all issues, including political, economic, trade, energy," Varma said, as per the report.