Tata launches 3 aerospace production units

February 14th, 2011 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Feb. 14 (IANS) The Tata Group Monday announced the launch of three new aerospace manufacturing facilities with international collaboration in Hyderabad.The ground breaking ceremony for the new projects was conducted in Hyderabad in the presence Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Tata Advanced Systems Chairman S. Ramadorai.

The three projects slated to come up are for Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructure, a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems and Lockheed Martin; Tata Aerospace Systems, a JV between Tata Advanced Systems and Sikorsky Aircraft; and Nova Integrated Systems.

Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructure is export-oriented. The products manufactured here will form a key aircraft structure that Lockheed Martin will integrate and complete for its global C-130 aircraft customers.

Similarly, Tara Aerospace Systems will manufacture aerospace components for Sikorsky in India, including components for S-92 helicopter cabins. Tata will build upon the existing facility at the Aerospace and Precision Engineering SEZ, which assembles Sikorsky S-92 helicopter cabins.

The Nova Integrated Systems will set up an integrated aerospace complex to undertake high end precision electronics manufacturing, assembly and integration of airborne vehicles, the company said.

Speaking on the occasion, Ramadorai said that the three new projects mark a significant step ahead in India’s growth as a high-technology, precision and manufacturing destination.

“They have great significance for Andhra Pradesh and will place Hyderabad on the global aerospace map. We also hope that the city will develop into a global aerospace and defence hub,” Ramadorai said.

Lockheed Martin vice-president for business development Orville Prins said that the joint venture with Tata would lay the foundation for a long and beneficial partnership between them besides creating additional jobs in India and the United States.

Present on the occasion were Andhra Pradesh Minister for Major Industries J. Geeta Reddy, Minister for Home P. Sabitha Reddy, Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu and senior officials from thestate government, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky and Tata.

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