Mahindra to make parts for Airbus Helicopter­s


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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