Tata and Bell Helicopter to collaborat­e


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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