Eight Tata companies will exhibit their expertise and offerings in the Aerospace and Defence sector at the 11th Aero India – Asia’s premier air show – at the Air Force Station at Yelahanka in Bengaluru from February 14 to 18, 2017. This year, Tata Advanced Systems, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Advanced Materials, Tata Motors, Titan Company, Tata Steel (specialty steel business in Europe), TAL Manufacturing Solutions and Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division are participating in Aero India 2017.
The Tata group has historically been associated with the aerospace industry, and its large presence is an outcome of Ratan N Tata’s vision. He encouraged the group to enter the aerospace segment and foster significant partnerships with global majors to provide convergent solutions, and make India a global manufacturing hub.
The participating companies of the Tata group offer end-to-end design to manufacturing solutions, leveraging India’s technical workforce to deliver productivity gains to the global supply chain of leading aerospace and defence OEMs and suppliers in the areas of:
- Engineering to production
- Design to manufacturing
- New design to manufacturing
- Design modification to manufacturing
- Build to print
- Build to specifications
Below are detailed profile notes on each of the participating Tata companies at Aero India 2017.
Tata companies in the defence and aerospace sector:
- Tata Advanced Systems (TASL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, is the strategic aerospace and defence arm of the Tata group. TASL group is fast emerging as a key defence and aerospace player in India with established capabilities and demonstrated deliveries in the areas like missile systems, radar systems, command and control systems, aerospace and aero-structures. TASL has been established as the lead entity for the Tata group to develop into an umbrella organisation for aero structures and systems. With its multiple global aerospace programmes in execution and proven deliveries, and more than 1,700 highly trained resources, TASL is on its way towards becoming the global supplier of choice of global aerospace OEMs.
- Tata Advanced Material (TAML), a subsidiary of Tata Industries, is a pioneer and leader in composite solutions and manufacturing, catering to the global aerospace, space defence and industrial markets. TAML manufactures various composite parts for space applications, structural components, engine components, personal and vehicle armour and composite parts for various industrial applications for OEMs and tier 1s. TAML is the first company in India to be certified for NADCAP in composite manufacturing and is a leading supplier of personal armour products to the Ministry of Defence, Government of India for the Indian tri-forces (the army, navy and airforce). The recently added recognition to TAML’s Domestic Defence Division is the winning of prestigious contract from the Ministry of Defence to manufacture and supply 50,000 bullet resistant jackets with 50 percent option clause to Indian Army.
- Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) provides extensive engineering, IT, consulting, digital and BPS solutions and services to customers across the aerospace and defence value chain. TCS Aerospace works as an integral part of OEMs, engine manufacturers, tier suppliers, airline operators, airports, air navigation service providers and MROs for over two decades. Their unique engagement model of inclusive innovation addresses the complete spectrum of activities in large, complex environments, enabling joint innovation between the customer and TCS to collaborate on market making ideas. TCS works closely with other Tata companies in their global aerospace initiatives, and has been able to smoothly transition and harmonise aero structure assembly lines from global locations to India. TCS is India’s first Indian company in the aerospace and defence services, and the first to enable core BPS outsourcing for airlines.
- Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of Rs275,561 crores ($41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. Tata Motors is present across the military spectrum in mobility providing all categories of vehicles catering to the specific needs of the Indian armed forces. It has supplied over 150,000 vehicles to the Indian military, para-military forces and has been a strategic supplier for the defence forces for over 70 years now. The types of defence platforms supplied by Tata Motors are combat vehicles like wheeled and tracked armoured personnel carriers, wheel armored amphibious platform (WHAP); combat support vehicles like missile carriers, high mobility vehicle 6×6, 8×8, 10×10, 12×12, bomb disposal vans, etc; light armoured vehicles like 4X4 light strike vehicles, 4X4 light support vehicles, bullet proof VIP vehicles, Tata Safari Storme 4X4 GS800; logistics and utility vehicles like troop carriers, ambulances, water tankers and other utility vehicles; upgrades and overhauls like the BMP upgrade. Today, Tata Motors also supplies to the defence forces of other countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Tanzania, and to United Nations peace-keeping forces in conflict zones in Africa.
- Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED) has a constant focus on research and development along with innovation. Over the last four decades, it has had partnerships with the MoD, armed forces, and DPSUs and DRDO. It has successfully designed, developed and supplied state-of-the-art defence systems to the Indian armed forces. Tata Power SED’s contribution to the armed forces spans Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP), Samyukta Electronic Warfare System, Arihant Nuclear Submarine Control Centre and airport modernisation for the Air Force, to name a few. Besides securing order to supply the indigenously made night vision devices for the border security forces, Tata Power SED’s contribution to the nation’s ‘Make in India’ policy was visible in this year’s Republic Day parade when Akash Missile System and Automatic Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) were at display. The latter is an indigenous gun system that has been developed in partnership with DRDO and has successfully undergone preliminary tests in December 2016. During the upcoming Aero India show, Tata Power SED will be displaying its indigenously developed strategic products in electronic warfare, telecommunications, critical infrastructure and border management systems inclusive of command and control S/W, electronic battle field surveillance radar, remotely controlled pan and tilt EO systems and unattended ground sensors and optronics in addition to its prototype light weight remote-controlled ICV (infantry combat vehicle) turret with an active protection and laser warning system. Tata Power SED will also be displaying self-protection suite including laser warning sensors and active defence controllers for land and air applications developed for an export market.
- Tata Steel (specialty steel business in Europe) has an outstanding reputation for supplying high-integrity alloys to major commercial and military aerospace programmes around the world using bespoke supply chain solutions with key end users including Airbus, Boeing and Bell Helicopters. The company’s products, delivered as ingot, bar and cut pieces, are used in the production of engine components, landing gear, controls, aero structure and helicopter rotor components. A recent addition of a VIM furnace allows the supply of the highest purity metals and alloys for aerospace applications.
- TAL Manufacturing Solutions (TAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, is India’s leading private sector civil aerospace manufacturing company with over four decades of experience in serving automotive, heavy engineering, railways, and other sectors with manufacturing solutions. TAL’s Aerospace Business Unit, is Tata group’s first dedicated greenfield facility in aerospace manufacturing. TAL is the only company in India to manufacture and supply composites and metallic assemblies to the latest technology aircrafts – Boeing 787 -9 and -10 Dreamliner with all relevant Boeing approvals in place. TAL is the sole supplier of metallic parts and sub-assemblies, through RUAG, for the Airbus A320 family with all relevant approvals.