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NEW DELHI: Tata and Airbus have signed an agreement to make helicopters together. The two companies finalised a deal to establish an assembly line for helicopters in India amid French President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic Day visit to the country.
Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that the two countries have agreed on the helicopter deal and also an agreement on defence space partnership.
“An industrial partnership between Tata and Airbus helicopters for the production of combat helicopters with a significant indigenous and localisation component” Kwatra said.
Airbus and Tata already have multiple agreements in place. Recently, Tata Advanced Systems announced an agreement to manufacture and supply components to Airbus for commercial jets such as the A320 and the A350. Additionally, the Indian company will assemble the Airbus C295 military transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
Sources had earlier said an official announcement of the deal could take place after Macron completed his participation in the Republic Day parade.
The French President is accompanied by a delegation that includes Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, Safran SA CEO Olivier Andries, and the heads of electricity utility EDF SA and Dassault Aviation SA.