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Job opportunities in India’s aerospace sector
By Sushil Sharma | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 10/26/2018 5:03:50 PM
Job opportunities in India’s aerospace sector

In what is a clear turnaround for the job opportunities in India, the aerospace sector is literally booming. Multiple joint ventures between Indian companies and foreign partners had already opened up opportunities while the upcoming strategic partnership model will unlock many more jobs, business opportunities and turn India into top-class manufacturing hub.

The biggest addition has been US giant Boeing. Tata- Boeing Aerospace, a joint venture between Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems, is manufacturing AH-64 Apache fuselages and other aerostructures in Hyderabad. Boeing currently employs 1200 people in India, and more than 7000 people work with its supply chain partners. Today, there are more than 160 suppliers providing parts and assemblies covering commodities such as aero-structures, wire harness, composites, forgings, avionics mission systems, and ground support equipment for Boeing’s commercial and military aircraft out of India.  

Boeing is expanding its India footprint and leveraging manufacturing capability, talent, innovation and productivity to deliver a cost efficient supply chain from India. US company General Electric (GE) and Tata group, India’s leading global enterprise, is opening a world class structural center of excellence (COE) focused on aero-engine components at Hyderabad. 

The COE will incorporate latest technologies from GE and best manufacturing practices to deliver complex high precision aero-engine components to the world’s fastest-selling jet engine, the CFM (a GE Safran joint partnership) LEAP engine. The LEAP engines power new narrow-body aircraft from manufacturers Airbus and Boeing and are the fastest-selling engines in commercial aviation history with some 14,270 engine orders and commitments at a value of more than $206 billion. 

The GE-TATA will manufacture, assemble, integrate and test aircraft engine components. This investment will create highly skilled jobs and develop a high-end supply chain that will offer a globally competitive manufacturing ecosystem in India.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. 

Another engine maker Rolls Royce is working with Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE).  Airbus outreach in India: It has tied up with Mahindra aerospace and is offering to set up a global manufacturing hub for its Panther helicopter in the country if the company gets a multi-billion-dollar contract to supply a fleet of 111 naval multi-utility choppers to the Navy. 

Airbus works with over 45 Indian suppliers, both publicly and privately owned, who employ over 6,000 people in its projects. These suppliers provide engineering & IT services, aero-structures, materials and cabins for several of Airbus platforms.The European major  has proposed multiple projects to kick-start a defence focused industrial ecosystem in the country, including an offer to build the C295W military transport aircraft alongside Tata, and a partnership with Mahindra Defence to locally manufacture military helicopters.

The execution of these projects is expected to create thousands of jobs in India and catalyse the local supplier base, creating new capabilities to support the indigenous production of military equipment.The Airbus engineering facility in Bengaluru employs around 400 engineers who focus on core engineering in areas such as.Structural analysis, Computational fluid dynamics, Avionics software design and testing, System simulation and  Digital mock-ups and system installation.

The real big ticket items:  The HAL Kamov is coming up with a new plant at Tumkur near Bangalore . This will make 200 of the Kamov 226-T and also the 187 Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) being made by HAL. The entire helicopter is to be made here. The tender for 114 fighter jets is out and some 85 percent of those have to be made in India. This will mean a huge number of jobs. HAL has already outsourced part of the Tejas manufacturing to four private companies.A total 123 Tejas ( Mark 1 and Mark 1A) are on order and another 200 are to be made under the Tejas Mark 2. The strategic partnership model includes making of 110 fighter jets, some 500 helicopters of various types. The Indian Navy in August last had issued a global request for information (RFI) or an initial tender for the procurement of 111 naval utility helicopters and 123 multi-role choppers under the strategic partnership model.

the defence ministry had finalised the Strategic Partnership model under which select private firms will collaborate to build military platforms such as submarines, fighter jets and choppers in India in partnership with foreign entities.The policy envisages the establishment of long-term strategic partnerships with Indian defence majors through a transparent and competitive process wherein they would tie up with global OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to seek technology transfers for setting up domestic manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains. 



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