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Friday, 25 February 2011
Hyderabad: Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructure, a JV between Tata Advanced Systems and Lockheed Martin, will manufacture aerostructures for the C-130 aircraft produced by Lockheed Martin at it's facility near Hyderabad.

The new Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures facility is export oriented, and the products manufactured will form a key aircraft structure that Lockheed Martin will integrate and complete for its global C-130 aircraft customers.

"Lockheed Martin is honored to form this joint venture with Tata Advanced Systems," said Ralph D. Heath, Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President, Aeronautics. "This partnership is established as a strategic element of our global supply chain and solidifies our presence in India. We are confident it will enhance long-term competitiveness of the C-130 and assure its production for decades to come."

Lockheed Martin has already received an order for six C-130J aircrafts from India, of which it has supplied one so far.

"I'm confident this JV will become the foundation for a long and beneficial partnership between our two companies, creating additional jobs in both India and the United States. We're extremely pleased about establishing this joint venture in Hyderabad. Both the city and state of Andhra Pradesh have a vision of developing a world-class aerospace capability," said Orville Prins, Vice President (Business Development), Lockheed Martin.

"We are very proud of our association with Lockheed Martin and believe it will raise the level of capability of the aerospace industry in India as also complement the efforts of our Defence Public Sector Undertakings," said Ratan N. Tata.

The Tata group conducted the groundbreaking ceremony for three new Aerospace manufacturing facilities, including Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructure, in the presence of Mr. N Kiran Kumar Reddy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Mr. S Ramadorai, Chairman of Tata Advanced Systems.

The other 2 projects are  Tara Aerospace Systems –a JV between Tata Advanced Systems and Sikorsky Aircraft and Nova Integrated Systems – a Tata enterprise.

Tara Aerospace Systems will manufacture aerospace components for Sikorsky in India, including components for S-92® helicopter cabins. Tara builds upon the existing Tata Advanced Systems facility at the Aerospace and Precision Engineering SEZ, which assembles Sikorsky S-92® helicopter cabins.

Nova Integrated Systems will set up an Integrated aerospace complex for to undertake high end precision electronics manufacturing, assembly and integration of airborne vehicles.

"It is our belief that these three projects mark a significant step forward in India's growth as a high technology, precision, manufacturing destination. This project has great significance for the state of Andhra Pradesh and for the city of Hyderabad.  It will place Hyderabad on the global Aerospace map and it is our hope that Hyderabad will develop into a global Aerospace and Defence Hub," said S Ramadorai, Chairman, TASL.

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