Air­bus He­li­copters teams up with In­dia’s Mahin­dra Group

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Air­bus He­li­copters is join­ing hands with Mahin­dra Group sub­sidiary, Mahin­dra De­fence, to pro­duce he­li­copters in In­dia in or­der to meet the coun­try’s mil­i­tary re­quire­ments. The strengths of both the com­pa­nies will en­sure a strong part­ner­ship to present the best ro­tor­craft so­lu­tions for In­dia’s needs and strengthen in­dige­nous in­dus­trial ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The team­ing rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in the coun­try’s ‘Make in In­dia’ am­bi­tion.

“We have an un­par­al­leled track-record of suc­cess­ful in­dus­trial col­lab­o­ra­tions with lo­cal part­ners across the world. We are con­vinced that with Mahin­dra we will not only have a mu­tu­ally re­ward­ing as­so­ci­a­tion but one which will of­fer im­mense ben­e­fits to In­dia,” said Guil­laume Faury, Air­bus He­li­copters Pres­i­dent & CEO. “The tie-up is in line with our in­tent to de­velop an in­dige­nous in­dus­trial ecosys­tem for he­li­copters.

The joint ven­ture will be ded­i­cated to sup­ply­ing the In­dian armed forces with ‘Made in In­dia’, state-of-the-art he­li­copters of high re­li­a­bil­ity, qual­ity and safety stan­dard based on com­bat-proven plat­forms.”

Both com­pa­nies will now get into dis­cus­sions to fi­nalise the for­ma­tion of the joint ven­ture which will act as the prime con­trac­tor for In­dia’s mil­i­tary he­li­copter ten­ders in­clud­ing the re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance he­li­copter, the naval util­ity he­li­copter and the naval multi-role he­li­copter pro­cure­ment pro­grammes.

“This ar­range­ment be­tween two es­tab­lished and trusted in­dus­trial play­ers will cre­ate a for­mi­da­ble part­ner­ship,” said S.P. Shukla, Group Pres­i­dent, Aerospace and De­fence Sec­tor and Chair­man, Mahin­dra De­fence Sys­tems Lim­ited. “We have ex­ten­sive ex­per­tise in en­gi­neer­ing, automotive and fixed-wing sec­tors and have made sub­stan­tial in­vest­ments in aero com­po­nents man­u­fac­tur­ing, while Air­bus He­li­copters of­fers best-in-class ro­tor­craft plat­forms. To­gether, we will pro­duce In­dia’s next-gen­er­a­tion he­li­copters that will not only an­swer our coun­try’s de­fence needs but will also have the po­ten­tial for ex­ports in the fu­ture.”

The re­sult­ing joint ven­ture aims to be­come the first pri­vate In­dian he­li­copter man­u­fac­turer un­der the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive. This will cre­ate hun­dreds of high-tech jobs lo­cally and lead to a flow of cut­ting edge tech­nolo­gies to In­dia should it be se­lected in the gov­ern­men­tal he­li­copter ten­ders.

Mahin­dra Aerospace has led the Mahin­dra Group’s foray into util­ity air­craft and aerostruc­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing since 2008. Its util­ity air­craft busi­ness, based in Aus­tralia, cur­rently pro­duces the Air­van 8, the most ca­pa­ble, rugged and ver­sa­tile util­ity air­craft in its class. Cer­ti­fied in 38 coun­tries, over 200 are in ser­vice.

Mahin­dra De­fence has com­pa­nies en­gaged in cater­ing to needs of all three wings of de­fence forces – army, airforce and navy. Range in­cludes armoured ve­hi­cles, un­der­wa­ter war­fare equip­ment, radars and sur­veil­lance equip­ment’s etc. A $16.9 bil­lion multi­na­tional group based in Mum­bai, In­dia, Mahin­dra em­ploys more than 2,20,000 peo­ple in over 100 coun­tries.

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