Telangana gets aerospace boost

Tata Advanced Systems, GE to make aircraft components

By Author  |  Published: 14th Dec 2017  9:38 pmUpdated: 14th Dec 2017  9:39 pm
Minister KT Rama Rao meets John Flannery, Chairman and CEO, GE, along with N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons in Delhi on Thursday

Hyderabad: Telangana which has made a mark in aerospace sector and witnessed several investments in aerospace sector in the past has now got GE tying up with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) based in Hyderabad, making aicraft components.

GE and Tata group have signed an agreement to manufacture CFM International LEAP engine components in India for the global supply chain. The two companies also intend to jointly pursue military engine and aircraft system opportunities for the India market. GE Aviation and Tata Sons’ subsidiary, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) based in Hyderabad will work together in manufacturing, assembling, integration and testing of aircraft components.

A new Centre of Excellence (COE) will be established to help develop a robust ecosystem for aircraft engine manufacturing in India and build related capabilities.

Reacting to the partnership, Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said, “The collaboration will immensely boost the aerospace sector in the State.”

TASL is focused on providing integrated solutions for Aerospace, Defense and Homeland Security. The company has become a major player in the global aerospace market, becoming the premier manufacturing partner for global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It has capabilities throughout the aerospace value chain from design to full aircraft assembly.

“Tata group is a leader in the Indian defense and aerospace sector, and we look forward to working together to meet the growing demand for LEAP engines. Our collaboration in building innovative technologies will support the ‘Make in India’ vision of the Indian government,” said John L Flannery, chairman and CEO of GE.

“We look forward to working with GE to build more expertise and strengthen India’s defence manufacturing capabilities,” said N Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons. “Tata group’s partnership with GE will help drive synergies in defence manufacturing and focus on innovation to support our armed forces.”

GE currently provides the jet engines and marine gas turbines for many Indian military applications including the Air Force Light Combat Aircraft-Tejas Mk 1, Indian Navy P-8I aircraft, and P-17 Shivalik class frigates. Several military programmes under development that include the Light Combat Aircraft-Tejas Mk 2, P-17A & P-71 ships, and the AH-64 attack helicopters will be powered by GE engines.

The LEAP engine is the world’s leading jet engine known for its technological superiority, efficient fuel consumption, performance for powering single-aisle commercial jets.

The LEAP engine family, a product of CFM International, a 50:50 joint company of GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, had forayed into commercial service with more than 26 customers currently, operating more than 140 aircraft on four continents. Overall, the fleet has logged more than 2,10,000 flight cycles and 4,30,000 flight hours, while maintaining CFM’s industry-leading reliability and the highest utilisation rate in this thrust class.