ASIA-PACIFIC LICENCE MANUFACTURE OF ALH-CIVIL UNDER TOT As a major boost to defence manufacturing and Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has offered the indigenous ‘Advanced Light Helicopter-Dhruv’ (civil version) for manufacturing to potential Indian private companies through Trans-
fer of Technology (TOT). Accordingly, the Company has invited Expression of Interest for identification of Indian Partner. “Considering the increasing need of helicopters in civil operations of the country, this will be a mega deal from HAL which is the OEM and Licensor”, says T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL.
MAHINDRA AEROSPACE AND VIKING AIR FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
Mahindra Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canada’s Viking Air to “leverage their unique and complementary resources” to form a strategic alliance to exploit the upcoming business opportunities in India’s regional aviation sector. The two companies will “support each other’s non-competing aircraft business to boost market penetration in identified territories.” The MoU was signed during the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India.
LEONARDO EXPANDS PRESENCE IN BANGLADESH
Leonardo is expanding its share of the growing Bangladeshi helicopter market with the announcement, during Singapore Air Show, of the upcoming delivery of five helicopters to Bashundhara Airways, comprising three AW109 Trekkers and two AW119Kx. The helicopters will be used for EMS, utility, law-enforcement, surveillance, VIP, corporate & passenger transport and are all scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2018, bringing Leonardo’s market share above 30 percent.
PRATT & WHITNEY’S MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN SINGAPORE
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, has announced an important increase in production at its first advanced manufacturing facility in Singapore in order to help Pratt & Whitney’s 2018 ramp-up of production. This facility is operated by P&W NGPF Manufacturing Company Singapore Pvt Ltd, a joint venture with Hanwha Techwin Company Ltd. This increase in production supports the recent announcement by Singapore’s Economic Development Board to achieve $3 billion in manufacturing net output by 2020 for the country’s aerospace industry. Pratt & Whitney’s Asia Pacific operations are also located in China, India and New Zealand.