Saturday, August 1, 2009
Rotorcraft Report: Sikorsky to Build S-92 Cabins in India
Sikorsky Aircraft has announced plans to make S-92 cabins in India. In June, Sikorksy made public an agreement with India’s Tata Group. Under the arrangement, Tata Advanced Systems will manufacture S-92 cabins at a new facility to be built in Hyderabad. The first S-92 cabin delivery is due in 2010.
Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino notes that "India’s aerospace market is poised for significant growth, and we are thrilled to have the opportunities to support that growth and to tap into the capabilities of India’s highly skilled aerospace workforce."
Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons, says he believes "that the manufacture of the S-92 cabin in India is a significant first step in the growth of India as a global hub for aerospace manufacturing."
Michel Merluzeau, principal of G2 Solutions, notes that this is an interesting move. "There is a definite trend with several Asian clusters becoming points of manufacturing. However, in most of these commercial clusters, you have almost no integration of complex subsystems or finishing work," says Merluzeau. He predicted that all of that work will stay in North America and Europe for a while. "I would hope that we learn the lessons from this depression and ensure that we retain/rebuild our manufacturing base in this country," Merluzeau adds. The Tata family of companies includes Tata Steel, Tata Motors and Tata Communications.