Airbus partners with Tata Group to set up India’s first helicopter Final Assembly Line in private sector
January 31, 2024 By Helicopters Staff
Airbus Helicopters is partnering with the Tata Group to establish a Final Assembly Line for helicopters in the country. The Final Assembly Line (FAL) will produce Airbus’ H125 helicopter from its civil range for India and export to some neighbouring countries.
The FAL will be the first instance of the private sector setting up a helicopter manufacturing facility in India, explains Airbus, providing a boost to the Government of India’s AatmaNirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) program. Under this partnership, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), a subsidiary of Tata Group, will set up the facility along with Airbus Helicopters.
The announcement was made during a two-day visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India as Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.
Airbus explains the FAL in India will undertake the integration of the major component assemblies, avionics and mission systems, installation of electrical harnesses, hydraulic circuits, flight controls, dynamic components, fuel system and the engine. It will also do testing, qualification, and delivery of the H125 to customers in India and the region. The FAL will take 24 months to set up and deliveries of the first made in India H125s are expected to commence in 2026. The location of the FAL will be jointly decided by Airbus and the Tata Group.
“Helicopters are crucial for nation building. A Made-in-India civil helicopter will not only be a symbol of the confident New India but will also unlock the true potential of the helicopter market in the country,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO. “This helicopter final assembly line, which we will build together with our trusted partner Tata, is a reaffirmation of Airbus’ commitment to developing the full spectrum of the aerospace ecosystem in India. This will be the second final assembly line Airbus is building in India after the Make in India C295 military aircraft manufacturing facility in Vadodara, Gujarat.”
N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons, said, “The Tata Group is delighted to set up India’s first helicopter assembly facility in the private sector. This facility will have the final assembly line in partnership with Airbus for the world’s bestselling Airbus H125 single engine helicopter for the Indian as well as export markets.”