Friday 20 September 2019, 07:11 AM
Indian companies join military aviation race
By Sushil Sharma | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 8/20/2019 4:45:32 PM
Indian companies join military aviation race

Some of the biggest private companies in India are slowly seizing opportunities in the military aviation sector, that promises to transform India into an aviation manufacturing hub.The biggest names in the Indian corporate sector have joined hands with global and Indian partners to make assemblies of planes, helicopters; UAV’s and even of hypersonic missiles like BrahMos.

Tata, Mahindra, Adani, Reliance (Anil Ambani group), Godrej are some of the big names which have entered the sector. Public Sector Undertaking, The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is already a preferred company to have a tie-up by foreign companies. The HAL has a tie-up with the Russians to produce the Kamov helicopters, it produces a copter engine in and a separate three-way tie-up with US company Boeing and Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) to make the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in India.  It any way licence produces the Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter jet. 

Apart from the global tender for 110 fighter jets and the ongoing plan to make 123 of the light combat aircraft (LCA), the Tejas, there is a  massive helicopter requirement for the armed Forces and every type of aerospace items like avionics are in short supply. There is huge market for the UAV’s  -- both for attack and reconnaissance. Tata is in tie-up with Boeing in making the fuselage of the AH-64 Apache combat helicopter built at its state-of-the-art facility in Hyderabad. 

US helicopter maker Sikorsky (now owned by Lockheed Martin) gets the cabin of  S-92 helicopter made from Tata. Lockheed Martin, the US giant has offered to make the F-21 fighter jet in partnership with Tata Advanced Systems Limited in India. Lockheed is bidding for a contract to supply the Indian air force with 114 combat planes, which must be all manufactured locally under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship Make in India programme. Tata is already making assemblies of the C-130 strategic air lift plane in India. 

Airbus has teamed up with Mahindra Defence and is proposing both the AS565MBe Panther and the H135M under the Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) and the H225M under the Naval Multi Role Helicopters (NMRH) programmes. The joint venture will act as the prime contractor for India’s military helicopter tenders. Also as a part of the Defence Ministry’s Avro replacement programme, Airbus has offered to support Tata Advanced Systems in setting up a final assembly line for the C295 transport aircraft in India.

Swedish military equipment maker, Saab, has announced its India partnership with the Adani Group  in defence manufacturing.  The notable immediate bring  a the production   of  the ‘Gripen-E’ fighter jets in India.  Adani defence  has tied up with Elbit of Israel and they have a facility at Hyderabad and plan to roll out the first Hermes 900 UAV any time now. 

Dassault Aviation has tied up with Reliance as joint venture partner. The Reliance- Dassault plant has been inaugurated near Nagpur and it will make several components of the Falcon commercial plane,

Mahindra Aerospace has led the Mahindra Group’s entry into utility aircraft and aero-structure manufacturing since 2008. Its utility aircraft business, based in Australia, produces the Airvan 8, billed as the most capable, rugged and versatile utility aircraft in its class.

Godrej Aerospace, in September, handed over the first 100 airframe assembly of the air-launched version of the prestigious BrahMos missile to Defence Research Development Laboratories (DRDL) for qualification of the indigenously manufactured assembly. 

Among the smaller companies Cyient Solutions & Systems is in tie-up with Israel and produced the WanderB for the Indian defence market. Bangalore based Kinetix announced an MoU with Australian company Air Affairs to make the Phoenix target drone.  It is also make parts for solar power drone and another programme for aerial target systems.The HAL has already outsourced some 30 percent of workload. The structures of  the LCA have been given out to private companies like L&T, Alfa Tocal and  VEM technologies. The L&T had started handing over the work outsourced to it.

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