Cybaru wrote:The time for KA226T is now past. There really is no need for it.
If the Russian military complex has to be appeased (not sure why?) but the strategic thing to do for Russia is to get 100 Mi17 order through the Indian books before the IMRH starts flying in three/four years. That order is at-least 3 times bigger than KA226T order. It helps India and Russia both and doesn't even begin with the SCAM of assembling in India.
That also reduces any pressure on HAL to get IMRH right for all the three services.
Mi 17 is now a outdated platform and airframe. If we are going to acquire more helicopters might as well get mi-38 which is mi 17's successor. Easier pilot transitions and maintenance