Hyderabad: Indian military equipment major Tata Advanced Systems Limited and American chopper manufacturer Bell Helicopter have announced their agreement to make helicopters to meet requirements of the Indian armed forces in the light utility and reconnaissance segments.
In an emailed statement, the two companies said they have signed the agreement to work together in support of India’s aviation and defence modernisation initiatives with an emphasis on ‘Make in India’.
Under the agreement, TASL and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will “join forces to develop both commercial and government (including military) rotary wing markets in India in the Light Utility and Reconnaissance segments.”
The scope of the agreement is intended to include potential production and assembly capabilities, certain training and maintenance, repair and overhaul requirements, as well as research and development programs and technology sharing that will grow industrial capabilities and result in innovative ‘Make in India’ solutions.
TASL’s alliance with Bell Helicopter will build on the partnerships that TASL already has in the rotorcraft market, allowing it to offer a full range of products to potential customers, the Indian company’s Chairman S. Ramadorai said.
“The collaboration, which is in line with the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, holds potential not only in the domestic market but, will also strengthen India’s position in the international market.”
NOTE: TASL says it has capabilities throughout the aerospace value chain from design to full aircraft assembly, and is well positioned in other areas that include missiles, radars, unmanned aerial systems, command and control systems, optronics and homeland security.
Bell Helicopter’s President and CEO Mitch Snyder said his company will build on its relationship with TASL to leverage its experience and knowledge to customise, integrate and manufacture specific local Bell Helicopter solutions for India.
NOTE: Bell Helicopter says there are more than 90 Bell aircraft operating throughout India in several sectors including commercial, civil/government, and military operations.