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Mahindra Aerostructures have bagged a Tier 1 supplier

Mahindra Aerostructures, have bagged a Tier 1 supplier contract to supply airframe parts for Airbus’s AS565 MBe Panther helicopter. 
•    With this, Mahindra Aerostructures becomes the first Indian company to receive a direct manufacturing contract from Airbus (European aviation major) as a Tier 1 supplier. 
•    The helicopter parts will be produced at Mahindra’s facility in Bengaluru, Karnataka. 
•    They will be shipped directly to the Airbus Helicopter production line in Marignane, France. 
•    In this facility these parts will be integrated with the rest of the airframe assembly and will form a critical part of the Panther helicopters sold worldwide. 
•    Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Defence are in the process of forming a joint venture (JV) to target India’s military helicopter programmes under the Make In India initiative. 
•    The JV will be formed for producing Naval Utility Helicopter, the Naval Multi-Role Helicopter and the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Helicopter for Indian Navy. 
•    It will play pivotal role in making blueprint that will put India on the world map for military helicopter manufacturing.