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Airbus To Set Up Military Transport Aircraft And Helicopters Assembly Line In India
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Airbus is looking at setting up assembly lines to manufacture military transport aircraft and helicopters under the ‘Make in India’ program.

Airbus’ sourcing of equipment from India is likely to reach $2 billion (INR 13, 395 crore) by 2020. Airbus’ sourcing from India had exceeded $500 million (Rs 3,350 crore) in 2015. This is the highest sourcing ever by any aerospace and defence original equipment maker from India, Airbus was quoted as saying in a statement Monday by Business Standard news daily.

The $500-million procurement figure represents a 15 per cent growth over 2014. “Overall, Airbus’s procurement from India has grown 16 times in the past decade. Today, every Airbus commercial aircraft being produced is partly made in India,” it said.

Airbus sources engineering and information technology services, aerostructures, parts and cabins for its civil and military aircraft from India.

“If our proposals to make the C295W military transporter in India with Tata, and military helicopters with Mahindra materialise, we will help set up system integration and assembly lines, which will spawn an Indian defence supplier base second to none,” said Pierre de Bausset, president and managing director, Airbus Group India.

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