Tata and Bell He­li­copter to col­lab­o­rate

SP's MAI - - SPOTLIGHT -

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 with an em­pha­sis on ‘Make in In­dia’.

Un­der this agree­ment TASL and Bell He­li­copter 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 this agree­ment is in­tended to in­clude po­ten­tial pro­duc­tion and assem­bly ca­pa­bil­i­ties, cer­tain train­ing and main­te­nance, re­pair and over­haul re­quire­ments, as well as re­search and de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes and tech­nol­ogy shar­ing that will grow in­dus­trial ca­pa­bil­i­ties and re­sult in in­no­va­tive ‘Make in In­dia’ so­lu­tions.

“TASL’s alliance with Bell He­li­copter is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause of our shared syn­er­gies, our de­fence manu- fac­tur­ing 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, 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,” said S. Ra­mado­rai, Chair­man of TASL.

“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,” said Mitch Sny­der, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Bell He­li­copter. “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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