Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Bell Helicopter will work together to support India's aviation and defense modernization initiatives.
The joint venture will develop both commercial and government light utility and reconnaissance helicopter markets in the country. "The scope of this agreement," according to a company press release, will "include potential production and assembly capabilities, certain training and maintenance, repair and overhaul requirements, as well as research and development programs and technology sharing that will grow industrial capabilities and result in innovative 'Make in India' solutions."
Bell has been supplying helicopters to India since 1953, when it delivered the first Bell helicopter — a Bell 47. Today India has more than 90 Bells operations in commercial, civil/government and military operations.