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Tata Group and Airbus ink a made-in-India chopper deal. Details inside

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In a significant development, Tata Group and Airbus have entered into an agreement to manufacture civilian helicopters, incorporating a substantial indigenous component, as revealed by Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra. The deal, a part of commitments made during French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to New Delhi, involves the production of H125 helicopters.

The agreement encompasses the integration of major component assemblies, avionics, mission systems, and the assembly of various critical helicopter components. The process will include testing, qualification, and delivery of H125 helicopters to customers in India and the region. The final assembly line (FAL), expected to be operational in 24 months, will determine the location through a joint decision by Airbus and the Tata Group. Initial deliveries of the ‘Made in India’ H125s are anticipated to begin in 2026.

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Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, highlighted the pivotal role of helicopters in nation-building, emphasizing that a ‘Made-in-India’ civil helicopter symbolizes the confidence of New India and unlocks the true potential of the country’s helicopter market. N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons, expressed delight in establishing India’s first private-sector helicopter assembly facility, collaborating with Airbus for the production of the world’s bestselling Airbus H125 single-engine helicopter, catering to both the Indian and export markets.

The H125, a versatile workhorse, is poised to transform passenger and goods transportation and find applications in emergency medical services (HEMS), disaster management, law enforcement, tourism, and aerial work missions.