New Delhi/Hyderabad, April 18 (IANS) Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures (TLMAL) on Wednesday inaugurated Indias first “metal-to-metal” bonding facility at Adibatla, Hyderabad.
According to the joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin, the new 4,700 square metre facility adds a “new cutting-edge capability to the Indian aerospace industry and enables TASL to use this technology across manufacturing programmes for complex aerostructures manufacturing and increased indigenisation”.
“The new facility and capacity expansion creates new job opportunities for skilled workers in India’s manufacturing sector and provide on-the-job training, which supports the government of India’s ‘Skills India’ initiative,” the company said in a statement.
TLMAL, which employees 500 people, currently produces 24 C-130 empennages annually.
To date, 85 TLMAL-built empennages have been installed on C-130Js delivered by Lockheed Martin to its global customers, including the Indian Air Force.