|Published: December 2017|
Mumbai and Cincinati. GE and Tata group announced a partnership December 14 to make CFM LEAP engine components in India for GE’s global supply chain. The announcement was made after a meeting in Mumbai between Mr John L. Flannery, Chairman & CEO, GE, and Mr. N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons.
However, a statement by the two companies said the agreement was signed on November 29, and that they would also jointly pursue military engine and aircraft system opportunities for the Indian market. The CFM Leap is by itself a GE and Safran (French) programme and is used on both Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 series of aircraft used by most airlines in the world, including in India.The partnership reaffirms commitment to the “Make in India” initiativeIndia’s leading global enterprise.
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.
“Tata group is a leader in the Indian defense and aerospace sector, and 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,” said John L. Flannery, Chairman and CEO of GE.
“We look forward to working with GE to build more expertise and strengthen India’s defense manufacturing capabilities,” said N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons. “Tata group’s partnership with GE will help drive synergies in defense 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 military engines have a strong history in India. GE currently 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. GE already has agreements with HAL for supplyng its 404 and 414 egnines for the Tejas.
The 414 is also on board the US Boeing F/A 18 Super Hornet and Swedish Saab Gripen, both of which are competing for Indian Air Force and Navy fighter jet competitions.
TASL is focused on providing integrated solutions for Aerospace, Defense and Homeland Security. It has become a significant player in the global aerospace market, becoming the premier manufacturing partner for global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It has capabilities throughout the aerospace value chain from design to full aircraft assembly.
About the LEAP engine
The LEAP engine family, a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, has had an exceptional entry into commercial service with more than 26 customers currently, operating more than 140 aircraft on four continents. Overall, the fleet has logged more than 210,000 flight cycles and 430,000 flight hours, while maintaining CFM’s industry-leading reliability and the highest utilization rate in this thrust class.
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About the Tata group
Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising over 100 independent operating companies. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission ‘To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2016-17, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $100.39 billion. These companies collectively employ over 695,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors and shareholders. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of about $130.13 billion (as on March 31, 2017). Tata companies with significant scale include Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Teleservices, Titan, Tata Communications and Indian Hotels.