Russia offers India Co-development of Kamov Ka-60 to replace older Mi-8 Helicopters
Ahead of AeroIndia 2017, idrw.org has been informed that Russia is likely to reoffer India, Co-development of Kamov Ka-60 Kasatka helicopter to replace older Soviet-era supplied Mil Mi-8 medium twin-turbine helicopters.
Kamov Ka-60 Co-development offer is on similar lines to Kamov Ka-226 utility helicopter to India, where Indian Company will manufacture them for combined requirements of Indian Armed force and can also offer them for exports.
Kamov Ka-60 uses French supplied Turbomeca Ardiden 3G turboshaft engines. The Same company also provides engines for Kamov Ka-226, HAL Rudra, HAL Light Combat Helicopter and HAL Dhruv. Kamov Ka-60 integrated with French supplied engines made its first flight in 2016 and it is expected flight certification will be completed by 2018.
Russian military already has placed orders for 100 Kamov Ka-60 Intended as a replacement for the Mil Mi-8. Indian Armed forces operate over 400 Mil Mi-8/17 Helicopters and actual replacement requirement is still unknown