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GE, Tatas to make LEAP engine parts in Hyderabad

GE, Tatas to make LEAP engine parts in Hyderabad
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GE and Tata Group on Thursday announced the signing of an agreement to manufacture CFM International LEAP engine components at Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) facility here. These products would be sourced for GE’s global supply chain, according to a release.

Hyderabad: GE and Tata Group on Thursday announced the signing of an agreement to manufacture CFM International LEAP engine components at Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) facility here. These products would be sourced for GE’s global supply chain, according to a release.

Responding to the latest announcement of partnership, Telangana IT and Industry Minister KT Rama Rao tweeted that “this is the big announcement I was excited about. GE India and Tata company will be manufacturing LEAP engine components in Hyderabad. Many thanks to Ratan Tata and Chandraji, John Flannery, Sukarnji and Vishalji.”

The two companies will also jointly pursue military engine and aircraft system opportunities for the domestic market. 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.

TASL is already in partnerships with Boeing and Lockheed Martin. TASL is manufacturing Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter fuselages and F-16 fighter jet, F-16 Block 70 at the Hyderabad facility.

John L. Flannery, Chairman and CEO of GE, said: “Tata Group is a leader in the Indian defence and aerospace sector. 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.”

N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, said: “We look forward to working with GE to build more expertise and strengthen India’s defence manufacturing capabilities. 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 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 a premier manufacturing partner for global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It has capabilities throughout the aerospace value chain from design to full aircraft assembly.

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