16 July 2016 Current Affairs GK: Tata Advanced System (TASL) and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company has signed an agreement to work together in support of India’s aviation and defense modernization initiatives on 14 July 2016. The agreement was inked with an emphasis on ‘Make in India’.
As per the agreement, TASL and Bell Helicopters will join to develop both commercial and government (including military) rotary wing markets in India in the light utility and reconnaissance segments.Scope of Agreement :
It is intended to include potential production and assembly capabilities, certain training and maintenance, repair and overhaul requirements.It will also include research and development programs and technology sharing that will grow industrial capabilities and result in innovative ‘Make in India’ solutions.
Tata Advanced Systems Limited : Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, is the strategic Aerospace and Defence arm of the TATA Group. TASL is both an operating & a holding company.
TASL group is fast emerging as a key Defence and Aerospace player in India with established capabilities and demonstrated deliveries in the following areas:Missile Systems and sub-systems
Bell Helicopter :
- Radar Systems and sub-systems
- Command & Control Systems
- Aerospace & Aero-Structures
- Unmanned Aerial Systems
- Optronic Systems
- Homeland Security Solutions
- Missile Systems
Founded in 1935 as Bell Aircraft Corporation, Bell Helicopter continues to set the pace for the industry and expand the scope of vertical lift. It was the first company to obtain commercial certification for a helicopter. Over its 80-year history, Bell Helicopter has delivered more than 35000 aircraft to its customers around the world.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Bell Helicopter has additional plants in Amarillo, Texas and Mirabel, Canada. It also maintains its key logistics supply and service centers in Amsterdam, Prague, Canada and Singapore as well as in the United States.
First Bell helicopter was delivered to India in 1953. At present, more than 90 Bell aircrafts are operational in India in various sectors like commercial, civil/government, and military operations.