Airbus in talks with Indian private firms for developing helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has initiated talks with Mahindra and Mahindra, Reliance Industries and Tata Group to jointly manufacture military helicopters. The company is offering to build its light utility AS550 Fennec and the medium lift EC725. This initiative is in response to the RFI issued by the Indian Defence Ministry last year for the acquisition of 197 light utility helicopters (LUHs) under ‘Buy and Make (India)’ category wherein the Indian domestic companies will have to form joint ventures with foreign suppliers. In addition to Airbus, other firms including U.S.-based Sikorsky Aircraft and Russian Helicopters are also expected to bid for the order.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/indl-goods/svs/engineering/airbus-in-talks-with-mm-ril-tata-group-to-jointly-make-military-helicopters/articleshow/46310790.cms

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