The GE and Tata groups have entered into a strategic partnership to manufacture LEAP engine components in Hyderabad in India. It will also jointly pursue military engine and aircraft system opportunities.
According to a tweet by the Minister for Industries KT Rama Rao who expressed happiness at the development obviously for the simple reason that the manufacturing unit of the same is fast coming up in Hyderabad. A subsequent press communique issued here today said the LEAP engine is the world’s leading jet engine known for its technological superiority, efficient fuel consumption, performance for powering single-aisle commercial jets.
The Chairman and CEO of GE John Flannery and the Chairman of Tata Sons N Chandrasekaran have signed the agreement to this effect. “Tata group is a leader in the Indian defence and aerospace sector, and we look forward to working together to meet the growing demand for LEAP engines. Our collaboration in building innovative technologies will support the ‘Make in India’ vision of the Indian government,” said John L Flannery.
“We look forward to working with GE to build more expertise and strengthen India’s defence manufacturing capabilities,” said N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons. “Tata group’s partnership with GE will help drive synergies in defence manufacturing and focus on innovation to support our armed forces.”
Under the strategic partnership, GE Aviation and Tata Sons’ subsidiary, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), will join forces for manufacturing, assembling, integration and testing of aircraft components. A new Centre of Excellence (COE) will be established to help develop a robust ecosystem for aircraft engine manufacturing in India and build related capabilities.
GE military engines have a strong history in India. GE currently provides the jet engines and marine gas turbines for many Indian military applications including the Air Force Light Combat Aircraft-Tejas Mk 1, Indian Navy P-8I aircraft, and P-17 Shivalik class frigates. Several military programs under development that include the Light Combat Aircraft-Tejas Mk 2, P-17A & P-71 ships, and the AH-64 attack helicopters will be powered by GE engines.
TASL is focused on providing integrated solutions for aerospace, defence and homeland security. It has become a significant player in the global aerospace market, becoming the premier manufacturing partner for global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It has capabilities throughout the aerospace value chain from design to full aircraft assembly.