Defence News - Tata Advanced Systems to make aerostructures for Pilatus Aircraft Wednesday, August 27, 2014 By : Business Standard Switzerland based Pilatus Aircraft Limited and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) have signed an agreement for manufacture and supply of Pilatus PC-12 "Green Aircraft" aerostructures at TASL facility in Hyderabad. This will include assembly of complete airframe for the aircraft, including integrated fuselage, wing, cockpit, ailerons, fins, and rudders Founded in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft is stated to be the only Swiss company to develop, produce and sell aircraft to customers around the world. The company is currently supplying its PC-7 MkII Basic Trainer Aircraft to the Indian Air Force as part of its contract for 75 such aircraft. "We are delighted to enter into a relationship with TASL, which is known for its high quality aero structure assembly capability, proven to many prestigious international aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Tata is without doubt a partner of choice for Pilatus in the continued expansion of its portfolio of international subcontractors. The partnership is also important in the context of Pilatus' offset obligation resulting from the sale of the PC-7 MkII Training Aircraft System to the Indian Air Force", CEO of Pilatus Aircraft, Markus Bucher, stated in a press release. "We are pleased to enter into a partnership with Pilatus, known for its technology leadership and excellence in the business jet and trainer aircraft segment. It is a matter of pride for us that Pilatus has found Tata Advanced Systems to be the partner of choice in its global supply chain. This significant initiative is testament to the strong performance demonstrated by Tata Advanced Systems in recent years to become a supplier of choice for Aerostructures manufacturing. Our desire is to further strengthen this partnership with Pilatus to develop capabilities for complete aircraft manufacturing in India, which will meet the needs of the Indian Defence Forces." TASL chairman, S Ramadorai, said.