Mahin­dra to make parts for Air­bus He­li­copters

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Air­bus He­li­copters has awarded a con­tract to Mahin­dra Aerostruc­tures to make air­frame parts for the AS565 MBe Pan­ther. Th­ese parts will be pro­duced at the Mahin­dra fa­cil­ity in Ben­galuru. They will be shipped di­rectly to the Air­bus He­li­copter pro­duc­tion line in Marig­nane, France, where they will be in­te­grated with the rest of the air­frame assem­bly and will form a crit­i­cal part of the Pan­thers sold world­wide.

The con­tract po­si­tions Mahin­dra Aerostruc­tures as the first In­dian com­pany to re­ceive a di­rect man­u­fac­tur­ing con­tract from Air­bus He­li­copters as a Tier-I sup­plier. Mahin­dra Aerostruc­tures will grad­u­ally emerge as the global sin­gle source sup­plier to Air­bus He­li­copters for th­ese parts. This work pack­age is the first amongst a se­ries of work pack­ages which would em­bed Mahin­dra Group firmly in the Air­bus He­li­copters’ global sup­ply chain and bind the two com­pa­nies in a long-term ‘Make in In­dia’ part­ner­ship.

“We are play­ing an ac­tive role in the de­vel­op­ment of a he­li­copter-fo­cused In­dian in­dus­trial ecosys­tem, and are em­bed­ding In­dian sup­pli­ers into our global sup­ply chain,” said Fabrice Cag­nat, Di­rec­tor - Make in In­dia, Air­bus He­li­copters. “The con­tract will al­low us to qual­ify Mahin­dra Aerostruc­tures as a Tier-I sup­plier, es­tab­lish a man­u­fac­tur­ing re­la­tion­ship with them on the Pan­ther, and also lay the ground work for a rapid ac­cel­er­a­tion in terms of in­dus­tri­al­is­ing pro­duc­tion in In­dia, in case we are se­lected for the Naval Util­ity He­li­copter pro­gramme,” he added.

“We be­lieve this man­u­fac­tur­ing re­la­tion­ship will al­low us to demon­strate the qual­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness of Mahin­dra Aerostruc­tures to Air­bus He­li­copters. We are al­ready com­mit­ted to be­come a trusted part­ner and sup­plier to the Air­bus Group for air­frame parts and assemblies. This con­tract with Air­bus He­li­copters sig­nals our fur­ther com­mit­ment to work with them to de­velop a ro­bust In­dian ecosys­tem for both de­sign and build ca­pa­bil­i­ties in aero­space,” said Arvind Mehra, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor & CEO, Mahin­dra Aero­space.

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