indranilroy wrote:I don't understand this either. I feel it is a mess in the making. They could have easily given this to the Tatas. They have significant experience with building helicopter parts, and are on track to build complete helicopters.
The same could be said about PC-7 maintenance contracts. Tatas are going to manufacture the entire airframe of the Pilatus PC-12s afterall.
Maybe Tatas do not want to partner with Kamov. Thay already have partnerships with Sikorsky, Boeing and Airbus.
The only private sector companies that seemed to be interested in partnership with Kamov were Reliance and the Khemka Group. Both were dodgy bets for Kamov. So the Russians chose to partner with HAL instead.
Yesterday I read a news article in which Parrikar said the MoD is looking to establish an Aircraft or Helicopter manufacturing unit near Delhi in Rajasthan, and are looking for land in the Alwar district for that purpose. I assume when he said MoD, it is most likely HAL that will establish the unit. So, probably that is where the KA226 will be made whereas the new Tumkur facility will manufacture the ALH, LCH, and the LUH.
The contract with Kamov is for a shareholding of 50.5% by HAL and 49.5% by Russia. HAL will be allowed to bring in other Indian partners. So, I am thinking the Khemkas, who have deep connections in the Russian establishment, will probably be allowed to pick up stake from the Indian side.
I also think the MoD is thinking of KA226 as insurance against slippages in the LUH program. The Chhetahs/ Chetaks are way overdue for replacement, and any slippages in the LUH will likely result in additional orders for the KA226.
Just my speculation only.