In a significant stride towards realizing its ‘Make in India’ commitment, Airbus has inked pivotal contracts with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Mahindra Aerospace Structures Private Limited (MASPL) for the procurement of commercial aircraft components.
This development is poised to bolster the aerospace manufacturing sector in India.
Airbus and ‘Make in India’ Strategic Alliance
Under the terms of the contract, TASL and Mahindra Aerostructures will play a pivotal role in the production of metallic detail parts, components, and assemblies for Airbus’ A320neo, A330neo, and A350 programmes.
Notably, these two entities already stand tall among a robust network of over 100 Indian-based suppliers contributing components, engineering, and digital services for various Airbus initiatives.
Airbus has strategically placed ‘Make in India’ at the forefront of its operational strategy within the country.
Rémi Maillard, President and Managing Director of Airbus India and South Asia, emphasized, “Our ambition is not only to support the growth of the Indian commercial fleet but also to grow the complete aerospace ecosystem here.”
The collaboration with Tata Advanced Systems and Mahindra Aerostructures has now furthered this regional commitment.
India as a Strategic Resource Hub
Maillard further stressed the importance of developing and fortifying manufacturing and engineering capabilities in collaboration with Indian partners.
The two companies, TASL and MASPL, have been actively contributing to Airbus’ aircraft programmes, and the recent contracts mark a significant escalation in the level of cooperation.
India holds an elemental position as a strategic resource hub for Airbus, where the company is expanding its industrial footprint.
This expansion encompasses aircraft assembly, component manufacturing, engineering design and development, MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) support, pilot and maintenance training, as well as academic collaborations to nurture human capital.
A Touch of India
Presently, every Airbus commercial aircraft boasts components and technologies manufactured in India. Examples include the A220 Escape Hatch Door and the Flap Track Beams for the A320neo and A330neo aircraft.
The significance of India in Airbus’ global supply chain is underscored by an annual procurement of components and services amounting to approximately US$750 million, and the newly inked contracts are poised to significantly augment this figure.
Airbus’ Holistic Approach
Airbus’ commitment extends beyond contracts and manufacturing. The aerospace giant is actively involved in maturing the broader Indian aerospace ecosystem.
This includes the establishment of a Final Assembly Line for the C295 military aircraft in Vadodara, a project undertaken through an industrial contract with TASL. Additionally, Airbus is deeply engaged in training commercial pilots and maintenance crews, contributing to the holistic growth of the aerospace sector in India.
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