- Russian Helicopters deal has effectively killed any other light helicopter project for the armed forces, including a process that was initiated for an Indian-led JV to manufacture a new range of choppers.
- 200 helicopters will be manufactured in the country with the transfer of technology, and licence production, with Russian collaboration as part of intensification and diversification of their strategic ties, under the ambit of ‘Make in India’ programme, said Indian Ambassador P. S. Raghavan.
- The Ambassador said the present phase of Indo-Russian relations can be said to have started in the year 2000 when President Vladimir Putin came to India and the two signed Strategic Partnership.
- He added that India is diversifying its defence purchases but our armed forces are 60-70 per cent dependent on Russian supplies.
- He said efforts are underway to encourage Russian OEMs (Original equipment manufactures) to set up their units in Indian through joint ventures which could cater to repair and maintenance of military hardware like Mi helicopter and Sukhoi fighters.