Sikorsky Aircraft Corp has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Tata Advanced Systems to manufacture S-92 helicopter cabins in India. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
Tata Advanced Systems is a newly formed Tata Group umbrella company, and an wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Industries, focused on providing integrated solutions for defence and aerospace tapping the resources of a number of Tata Group companies.
The Tata Group is one of India's oldest, and largest, conglomerates with businesses spread over seven sectors and is formed of 98 companies operating on six continents.
''India represents an expansive rotorcraft market with enormous potential and opportunity,'' said Sikorsky president Jeffrey P Pino. ''While we are only in the most preliminary of stages, I am most excited at the possibility of working with the well known and admired Tata Group, and tapping into India's skilled aerospace industry and capability.''
Tata Industries believes that this manufacturing facility for the S-92 helicopter cabin will offer productivity gains to Sikorsky while bringing new manufacturing technology to India.
The S-92 cabin will be displayed at the Tata Pavilion at the Defexpo 2008 show in New Delhi beginning from 16 February 2008.
US company Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service and an early pioneer in helicopter development. United Technologies Corp, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
The Tata Group is one of India's largest and most respected business conglomerates, with revenues in 2006-07 of $28.8 billion (Rs129,994 crore). Tata companies together employ over 300,000 people.