December 7, 2019 | 2:30 PM IST
chopper deal

Russian firm blames India for delay in signing of 200 chopper deal

Head of Russian Helicopters, on Sunday, blamed India for delaying the signing of a firm agreement for purchasing 200 helicopters for the Indian Navy despite providing all information.
India and Russia signed a deal in 2015 under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ‘Make in India’ programme to supply 200 Russian KA 226T helicopters. It was decided that Russia would deliver 60 choppers while the remaining would be assembled and manufactured in India.
Chief Executive Andrey Boginsky said that the agreement would benefit India if the order for the 100 rotorcraft for the Indian Navy, could be combined with 140 choppers that India wishes to buy for the army.
Expressing his discontent over the delay, he said, “We cannot understand the reason for the delay. We have done significant successful work and provided all information to India’s ministry of defence, unfortunately, there is no efficient and quick way from the Indian side.”
Civilian helicopters account for about 30-35% of Russian Helicopters’ total sales while the remaining 65-70% are military choppers. It may be noted that the two countries have held preliminary talks regarding the deal, but the reason for the delay of the signing of pact remains unknown.

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