Tata Advanced Systems, Bell Helicopter team up for aviation, defence modernisation

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on January 17, 2018 Published on July 14, 2016

S Ramadorai, Chairman, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd   -  BL

Will look at opportunities in domestic and international markets

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Bell Helicopter have signed an agreement to work together in support of India’s aviation and defence modernisation initiatives.

Under this agreement TASL and Bell Helicopter will develop both commercial and government (including military) rotary wing markets in India in the light utility and reconnaissance segments.

The agreement aims to include potential production and assembly capabilities, training and maintenance, repair and overhaul requirements, as well as research and development programmes. The technology sharing seeks to grow industrial capabilities and result in Make in India solutions.

“TASL’s alliance with Bell Helicopter is significant because of our shared synergies; our defence manufacturing capabilities and focus on innovation are well aligned with Bell Helicopter’s core competence. This 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 collaboration holds potential not only in the domestic market but, will also strengthen India’s position in the international market,” S. Ramadorai, Chairman of Tata Advanced Systems Ltd, said.

TASL is focused on providing integrated solutions for Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security. 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.

“TASL has been a leader in driving industrial growth in India, and its organization ideally complements Bell Helicopter both in terms of innovative thinking, manufacturing capability and a commitment to business ethics, integrity and customer satisfaction,” Mitch Snyder, President and CEO of Bell Helicopter, said.

“We are honoured to build on our relationship with TASL to leverage its experience and knowledge to customize, integrate and manufacture specific local Bell Helicopter solutions for India.”

Bell Helicopter has been supplying helicopters to India for more than six decades. With the first one in 1953. There are more than 90 Bell aircraft operating in India.

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Published on July 14, 2016
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