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Pilatus and Tata Advanced Systems Announce the Manufacturing of PC-12 “Green Aircraft” Aerostructures in India

Aug 26, 2014   19:40 IST 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Switzerland based Pilatus Aircraft Ltd and India’s Tata Advanced Systems have signed an agreement for manufacture and supply of Pilatus PC-12 “Green Aircraft” Aerostructures at Tata Advanced Systems facility in Hyderabad, India. This will include assembly of complete airframe for the aircraft, including Integrated Fuselage, Wing, Cockpit, Ailerons, Fins, and Rudders. During a rigorous sourcing and selection process, Tata Advanced Systems were able to evidence world class capabilities and the capacity to support delivery against Pilatus’ requirements.


The Pilatus PC-12 NG has gained a reputation for outstanding versatility, performance, reliability, and operational flexibility. It is one of the most popular turbine-powered business aircraft in the market today with over 1300 aircrafts already sold worldwide. In operation around the globe, the PC-12 NG has found popularity in a number of roles including executive transport, cargo, air-ambulance, airline, and government special mission applications.


Pilatus is currently supplying its PC-7 MkII Basic Trainer Aircraft to the Indian Air Force as part of its contract for 75 such Aircraft.


We are delighted to enter into a relationship with TASL, which is known for its high quality aero structure assembly capability, proven to many prestigious international aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). TATA is without doubt a partner of choice for Pilatus in the continued expansion of its portfolio of international subcontractors. The partnership is also important in the context of Pilatus’ offset obligation resulting from the sale of the PC-7 MkII Training Aircraft System to the Indian Air Force”, said Markus Bucher, CEO of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.


We are pleased to enter into a partnership with Pilatus, known for its technology leadership and excellence in the business jet and trainer aircraft segment. It is a matter of pride for us that Pilatus has found Tata Advanced Systems to be the partner of choice in its global supply chain. This significant initiative is testament to the strong performance demonstrated by Tata Advanced Systems in recent years to become a supplier of choice for Aerostructures manufacturing. Our desire is to further strengthen this partnership with Pilatus to develop capabilities for complete aircraft manufacturing in India, which will meet the needs of the Indian Defence Forces.” said Mr. S. Ramadorai, Chairman – Tata Advanced Systems.


Tata Advanced Systems is a leader in the aerostructures business in India with partnerships and Joint Ventures with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, wherein it is manufacturing key aerostructures as a global single source. Tata Advanced Systems has recently won contracts from RUAG Aviation for of Dornier 228-212 NG Fuselage and Wing, and Cobham Mission Equipment for Air-to-Air Refuelling Pods. It also has development and manufacturing units in the areas of Missile Systems, Radar Systems, Unmanned Systems, Optronics, Command & Control Systems and Homeland Security.


About Pilatus Aircraft Ltd

Founded in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is the only Swiss company to develop, produce and sell aircraft to customers around the world: from the legendary Pilatus Porter PC-6 to the best-selling PC-12, a single-engine turboprop, and the PC-21, the training system of the future. Pilatus is currently developing the PC-24 – the world’s first ever business jet for use on short unprepared runways. Domiciled in Stans, the company is certified to ISO 14001 in recognition of its efforts for the environment. The Pilatus Group includes three independent subsidiaries in Altenrhein (Switzerland), Broomfield (Colorado, USA) and Adelaide (Australia). With over 1700 employees at its headquarters, Pilatus is one of the largest employers in Central Switzerland. Pilatus provides training for over 100 apprentices in ten different professions – job training for young people has always been a very high priority at Pilatus.


About Tata Advanced Systems (TASL)

Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons focused on providing integrated solutions for Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security. In a short span of five years, Tata Advanced Systems has become a significant player in the Global Aerospace market, making Hyderabad as one of the premier manufacturing destinations for Global OEMs. It has developed capabilities through the entire Aerospace value chain from Design to Full Aircraft Assembly. It has also set up a training centre that rigorously trains young engineers to International Aerospace standards. The average age of its employees is only 24 years, bearing witness to how young Indian talent, have been able to deliver world class products comparable, if not better than those made by other International Companies.


TASL has delivered over 75 Sikorsky S-92© cabins, successfully indigenised the production of the entire S-92© cabin and through its JV with Lockheed Martin, it has successfully delivered the 8 Empennage and 20 Centre Wing Box for the C-130 J Aircraft. Tata Advanced Systems has been recognised for its outstanding product quality by the American Helicopter Society, the premier organisation for Vertical Flight, awarding it their prestigious International Fellowship Award. It has all the Aerospace certifications including AS9100, NADCAP, ISO 14000 and has been successfully audited by FAA. It has also implemented the most modern quality tools including Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.


About the Tata group

The Tata group’s core purpose is to improve the quality of life of the communities it serves globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation. Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise headquartered in India, and comprises over 100 operating companies in seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. Tata companies have operations in more than 100 countries across six continents, and export products and services to over 150 countries. The revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $96.79 billion (around Rs. 527,047 crore) in 2012-13, with 62.7 percent of this coming from businesses outside India. Tata companies employ over 540,000 people worldwide. Good corporate citizenship is part of the Tata group’s DNA. Sixty-six percent of the equity of Tata Sons, the promoter holding company, is held by philanthropic trusts, thereby returning wealth to society. As a result of this unique ownership structure and ethos of serving the community, the Tata name has been respected for more than 140 years and is trusted for its adherence to strong values and business ethics. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently and has its own board of directors and shareholders, to whom it is answerable. There are 32 publicly-listed Tata enterprises and they have a combined market capitalisation of about $135.25 billion (as on August 21, 2014), and a shareholder base of 3.9 million. Tata companies with significant scale include Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Teleservices, Titan, Tata Communications and Indian Hotels.


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