Cobham and Tata Advanced Systems have agreed that TASL will manufacture metallic structures for Cobham’s world-leading fifth generation air-to-air refuelling equipment at TASL’s facility in Hyderabad, India. During a rigorous sourcing and selection process, TASL were able to evidence world class capabilities and the capacity to support delivery against Cobham’s requirements.

This agreement is further evidence of Cobham’s strategy to grow its market presence and supply chain in India. The partnership also reinforces TASL’s continued fast-paced growth towards being a preferred partner to the global Aerospace & Defence industry.

As a leader in the aerostructures industry in India, TASL has successfully undertaken complex global transition programs for Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and has recently announced a new partnership with RUAG Aviation for the Do 228-212 NG structures.

TASL employees manufacturing a helicopter fuselage ”This business agreement has been implemented as a key element of our business strategy to establish a world class supply chain footprint in India to support long term programme delivery obligations, including proposed India air-to-air refuelling requirements. This multimillion pound engagement marks the beginning of a strategic long term arrangement with TASL,” said David Squires, Chief Operating Officer of Cobham plc.

"The relationship between Tata and Cobham is a testimony of new-generation partnerships with key technology leaders from across the globe are partnering with India and the Tata group for their global customers. In Cobham, we see a commonality of values, which are a foundation for future collaboration. We seek to develop this into a strategic partnership wherein we would be partners in the growth and success of Cobham and its customers." said Mr S Ramadorai, Chairman – Tata Advanced Systems.