Airbus’ industrial partnerships with Indian companies under the ‘Make in India’ programme is setting the tone of its participation at Aero India. “The future of Indian aerospace and defence industry rests on the realisation of the ‘Make in India’ vision. I look forward to having conversations around the topic at Aero India,” said Pierre de Bausset, President and Managing Director at Airbus India. “We have partnered with Tata and Mahindra and are working with a host of other companies to script ‘Make in India’ success stories,” he added.
Visitors at the Airbus stand — Hall B,Stand 2.2 — will get a first-hand account of Airbus’ industrial engagement with India which yields over $500 million (approx. 3,250 crore) in procurement from India annually from around 45 suppliers, generating local employment for more than 6,000 people. To illustrate the scale of cooperation, Airbus can proudly claim that each of its commercial aircraft produced today is partly ‘Made-in-India’.
The potential of Airbus and India partnership is bigger and this will be exhibited in the form of scale models of the C295W military transport aircraft and the AS565 MBe Panther helicopter. As part of the Avro replacement programme of the Ministry of Defence, Airbus will support Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) in setting up a final assembly line for the C295W in India, once the contract is awarded. Airbus has tied up with Mahindra Defence to create India’s first private sector champion for manufacturing military helicopters. Making India the global hub for ‘Panther’ manufacturing — producing Panthers in India, for the domestic market as well as for exports — is proposed under the Naval Utility Helicopter programme.
The scale model display line-up will include the EC725, now marketed as the H225M, which is under negotiation for the Indian Coast Guard’s requirement for 14 shore-based helicopters as well as the fuel-efficient A320neo commercial aircraft. There are around 590 A320neo on order from India which means, on over age, one aircraft will be delivered to India per week over the next 10 years. Besides, there will be models of the H145 and H125 helicopters, Eutelsat 172B satellite, E-Scan AESA radar and the ATR 72-600.
H130 CHOPPER AMBULANCE ON STATIC DISPLAY
Aviators Air Rescue, in partnership with the Air Medical Group Holding Inc — a leading air medical provider in the United States — became the first Indian operator to induct three Airbus H130 helicopters in a dedicated air ambulance role last year. One of these helicopters, fully kitted out with specialised emergency medical are equipment, will demo its life-saving service at the entrance of Hall B throughout the business days of the show.