This will be the first helicopter final assembly line in India to be set up by private sector enterprises.
European aerospace giant Airbus and Tata Group will build a final helicopter assembly line (FAL) in India to produce the manufacturer’s best-selling H125 civil helicopter this plane.
This will be the first helicopter final assembly line in India to be set up by private sector enterprises. The helicopters produced at this plant, which is expected to take about two years to build, will be for the Indian market as well as for export to some of India’s neighboring countries.
“Under this partnership, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), a subsidiary of the Tata Group, will install this facility with Airbus Helicopters,” Airbus said on Friday when announcing the deal. The announcement was made during a state visit by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Airbus and Tata Group said the location of the proposed facility would be decided jointly by the two partners, without providing further details on possible locations under consideration. The two men also did not provide financial details about the project.
“FAL in India will undertake the integration of major assemblies, avionics and mission systems, wiring harness installation, hydraulics, flight controls, dynamic components, fuel systems materials and engines. It will also conduct testing, qualification and delivery of the H125 to customers in India and the region. FAL deployment will take 24 months and deliveries of the first “made in India” H125s are expected to begin in 2026, Airbus said.
The proposed helicopter factory will be the second FAL aircraft set up in India by Airbus and TASL. These two men are building an FAL in Vadodara, Gujarat to produce C295 military transport aircraft.
“This partnership marks an important milestone in promoting indigenous manufacturing and will also give a major boost to our economy by creating more employment and employment opportunities, solving unleash the potential of the Indian aerospace industry and further strengthen India-France relations,” Civil said. Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia posted on X (formerly Twitter).
Airbus expects H125 production in India to “catalyze” helicopter use in the country. The company hopes the helicopter will “revolutionize” passenger and cargo transport in India, as well as growing usage segments such as emergency medical services, disaster management, food law enforcement, travel, air missions and even regional air connectivity.
“By providing last-mile connectivity to remote areas, the H125 will contribute significantly to the Government of India’s regional connectivity programme, Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN), Airbus said. will further promote domestic tourism.”
Helicopter usage in India lags behind many other countries where helicopters are commonly used for a variety of purposes. India’s large population and remarkable economic growth make it an attractive potential market for increased use of civil helicopters.
“The H125 is the best-selling single-engine helicopter in the world, outperforming other helicopters in its class. This versatile and high-performance helicopter is part of the Airbus Ecureuil family, which has accumulated more than 38 million flight hours worldwide. It can operate in harsh and very hot environments and can be easily reconfigured for different missions including aerial work, firefighting, law enforcement, rescue, air ambulance, passenger transportation and many other tasks,” Airbus said.
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