In the first big boost to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) on Tuesday announced a joint bid for a government contract to supply military aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The IAF is looking to replace its fleet of 56 Avro aircraft while the JV will supply the Airbus’ C295 medium transport aircraft, a joint statement said. If the combine wins the bid, Airbus would supply 16 planes while the remaining 40 would be manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems (TAS) in India.
If the Airbus-TASL combine bags the order, it would be a big next step for the Tata Group firm, which thus far has been a supplier of components for Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin. It would be the first time that the firm would be building an aircraft from scratch at its unit in India.