Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) has been given a contract by European aerospace giant Airbus to provide the bulk cargo and cargo doors for the A320neo aircraft family. At a brand-new plant in Hyderabad, TASL will manufacture these doors using cutting-edge robotics and automation technologies. Two cargo doors and one bulk cargo door will be present on each shipset.
“When it comes to helping the development of India’s industrial capacities, Airbus is walking the words,” said Rémi Maillard, president and managing director of Airbus (India and south Asia). The most recent contract demonstrates our dedication to “make-in-India” for a nation that values equality and progress (self-reliant India). We have a very capable and trustworthy partner in TASL who will assist with the ramp-up of our A320neo family aircraft, which has served as the industry’s symbol of democratisation and development in India. We’ll keep expanding quickly in India’s aviation and aerospace ecosystem as well as our industrial footprint.
We have an ongoing cooperation with Airbus built on trust and operational excellence, and this new contract victory will strengthen it even further, according to TASL MD & CEO Sukaran Singh.
At the moment, Airbus buys goods and services from more than 100 Indian suppliers worth $735 million annually. Critical technologies and systems are now developed, produced, and maintained in India for every Airbus commercial aircraft as well as every Airbus helicopter. Moreover, Airbus will partner with TASL to construct the C295 military aircraft final assembly line (FAL) in Gujarat, marking the first actual, sizable Make-in-India aerospace production venture in the private sector.
According to Airbus, it currently supports close to 10,000 employment in India, a number that will rise by 50% by 2025 when combined with its supply chain. Over the course of a decade, the C295 military aircraft programme is expected to generate an additional 25,000 direct and indirect jobs.