Tata Lock­heed Mar­tin brings new aero­space tech­nol­ogy to In­dia

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Tata Lock­heed Mar­tin Aerostruc­tures Lim­ited (TLMAL), a joint ven­ture be­tween Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited (TASL) and Lock­heed Mar­tin, USA, has in­au­gu­rated In­dia’s first-of- its-kind metal-to- metal bond­ing fa­cil­ity at Adi­batla, Hyderabad.

The new 4,700 sqm metal-tometal bond­ing fa­cil­ity adds a new cut­ting-edge ca­pa­bil­ity to the In­dian aero­space in­dus­try and en­ables TASL to use this tech­nol­ogy across man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­grammes for com­plex aerostruc­tures man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­creased in­di­geni­sa­tion.

More than 80 skilled em­ploy­ees will work in this fa­cil­ity, which can be ex­panded to sup­port fu­ture work. TLMAL is also in­creas­ing the in­di­g­e­niza­tion of C-130 man­u­fac­tur­ing by tran­si­tion­ing the pro­duc­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 pre­vi­ously im­ported em­pen­nage parts to Tata Siko­rsky Aero­space, Ltd. (TSAL), an­other Tata-Lock­heed Mar­tin joint ven­ture lo­cated here. These parts were pre­vi­ously man­u­fac­tured by sup­pli­ers lo­cated out­side of In­dia.

The new fa­cil­ity and ca­pac­ity ex­pan­sion cre­ates new job op­por­tu­ni­ties for skilled work­ers in In­dia’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor and pro­vide on-the- job train­ing.

Em­ploy­ing 500 peo­ple, TLMAL cur­rently pro­duces 24 C-130 em­pen­nages an­nu­ally. To date, 85TLMAL-built em­pen­nages have been in­stalled on C-130Js de­liv­ered by Lock­heed Mar­tin to its global cus­tomers, in­clud­ing the In­dian Air Force. More than 400 C-130Js have been de­liv­ered to op­er­a­tors in 18 na­tions around the world.

“Given the C-130J’s world­wide pres­ence, it is fitting that one of its core com­po­nents is the re­sult of a strong global part­ner­ship that we have with In­dia, Tata and TLMAL,” Ge­orge Shultz, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of Air Mo­bil­ity and Mar­itime Mis­sions at Lock­heed Mar­tin, said.

“The TLMAL team con­tin­ues to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions in terms of qual­ity of work and in meet­ing de­liv­ery com­mit­ments. To­day, we cel­e­brate the suc­cess of TLMAL, its growth in terms of ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and its im­pact here in Hyderabad, in In­dia and around the world.”

“We are de­lighted to ex­pand the scope of our part­ner­ship with Lock­heed Mar­tin, a tes­ta­ment of TASL’s in­creas­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in com­plex aerostruc­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing. It is a mat­ter of pride that aerostruc­ture com­po­nents man­u­fac­tured at our In­dian fa­cil­ity are an in­te­gral part of the world’s most suc­cess­ful and ad­vanced tac­ti­cal air­lifter, which is also be­ing used by the In­dian Air Force.

TASL con­tin­u­ously strives to strengthen the man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the coun­try by bring­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies and build­ing ca­pa­bil­ity and ca­pac­ity to make In­dia more self-re­liant,” Sukaran Singh, MD and CEO, Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited, said. Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited is a wholly owned sub­sidiary of Tata Sons, fo­cused on pro­vid­ing in­te­grated so­lu­tions for Aero­space, De­fence and Home­land Se­cu­rity. In less than a decade, Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited has be­come a sig­nif­i­cant player in the global aero­space mar­ket, be­com­ing the premier man­u­fac­tur­ing part­ner for global OEMs, in­clud­ing Boe­ing, Air­bus Group, Siko­rsky Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion, Lock­heed Mar­tin Aero­nau­tics, Pi­la­tus

Air­craft Ltd, Cob­ham Mis­sion Equip­ment, as well as the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s De­fence Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion. It has ca­pa­bil­i­ties through­out the en­tire aero­space value chain from de­sign to full air­craft assem­bly, and is well-po­si­tioned in ar­eas that in­clude mis­siles, radars, un­manned aerial sys­tems, com­mand and con­trol sys­tems, op­tronic and home­land se­cu­rity.

Head­quar­tered in Bethesda, Mary­land, Lock­heed Mar­tin is a global se­cu­rity and aero­space com­pany that em­ploys ap­prox­i­mately 100,000 peo­ple world­wide and is prin­ci­pally en­gaged in the re­search, de­sign, de­vel­op­ment, man­u­fac­ture, in­te­gra­tion and sus­tain­ment of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy sys­tems, prod­ucts and ser­vices.

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