Tata, Bell Helicopter to Make in India
Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) has signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter to collaborate in support of India’s aviation and defence modernisation initiatives, Tata announced on 14 July. The agreement is in line with the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The agreement will see the companies target government (including military) and commercial rotary wing markets in India in the light utility and reconnaissance segments. The scope of work includes training and maintenance, repair and overhaul requirements, potential production and assembly capabilities, research and development programmes and technology sharing.
TASL chairman S Ramadorai said the alliance will combine TASL's defence manufacturing capabilities with Bell Helicopter's core competence, with the aim of building on partnerships that TASL has in the rotorcraft market.
Mitch Snyder, president and CEO, Bell Helicopter, said: 'TASL has been a leader in driving industrial growth in India, and its organisation ideally complements Bell Helicopter both in terms of innovative thinking, manufacturing capability and a commitment to business ethics, integrity and customer satisfaction. We are honoured to build on our relationship with TASL to leverage its experience and knowledge to customise, integrate and manufacture specific local Bell Helicopter solutions for India.'
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