Mahindra Aerostructures bags supply contract from Airbus

By: | Published: July 12, 2016 8:35 PM

Mahindra Aerostructures will gradually emerge as the global single source supplier to Airbus Helicopters for these parts, the statement said.

The contract positions Mahindra Aerostructures as the first Indian company to receive a direct manufacturing contract from Airbus Helicopters as a Tier 1 supplier, Airbus said in a statement. (Reuters)The contract positions Mahindra Aerostructures as the first Indian company to receive a direct manufacturing contract from Airbus Helicopters as a Tier 1 supplier, Airbus said in a statement. (Reuters)

European aviation major Airbus Helicopters has awarded a contract to Mahindra Aerostructures to supply airframe parts for its AS565 MBe Panther copter.

The contract positions Mahindra Aerostructures as the first Indian company to receive a direct manufacturing contract from Airbus Helicopters as a Tier 1 supplier, Airbus said in a statement.
Mahindra Aerostructures will gradually emerge as the global single source supplier to Airbus Helicopters for these parts, the statement said.
The parts will be produced at Mahindra’s 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.
Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Defence are in the process of forming a joint venture to target India’s military helicopter programmes such as the Naval Utility Helicopter, the Naval Multi-Role Helicopter and the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Helicopter.
The AS565 MBe Panther is competing for the Naval Utility Helicopter programme. In case the Indian Government selects the Panther, Airbus Helicopters will establish India as a global hub for Panther production in partnership with Mahindra Defence.
Airbus said that the 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 eco-system, and are embedding Indian suppliers into our global supply chain,””said Fabrice Cagnat, Director – Make in India, Airbus Helicopters.
He said the contract will allow Airbus to qualify Mahindra Aerostructures as a Tier 1 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 they are selected for the Naval Utility Helicopter programme.
“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,” said Arvind Mehra, Executive Director & CEO, Mahindra Aerospace.
Airbus Helicopters’ Panther is an all-weather, multi-role light rotorcraft, designed for operation from ship decks, offshore locations and land-based sites.
It is made for a multitude of naval warfare and coast guard missions such as maritime surveillance, search and rescue, casualty evacuation, EEZ Surveillance & control counter-terrorism and anti surface/anti-submarine warfare.

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