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Tata-GE aircraft engine JV order book full for next 5 years

A joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems and General Electric, which is setting up an aircraft engine component manufacturing-cum-research hub in Hyderabad, has already got orders for the next five years, a top official said.

The facility is expected to be ready for manufacturing by the year end, catering to GE's global demands as well as India's defence market. The joint venture will also sup a skilling centre to train youth in engine manufacturing.

"This facility will manufacture components for Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion (LEAP) engines for jets and will cater to aircraft manufacturers like Airbus and Boeing and supply components for India and global markets of GE," Vishal Wanchoo, president of GE South Asia, told journalists in Hyderabad on Monday at the venue of the ground-breaking ceremony. "We have already received 200 orders from 35 aerospace companies even before the start of the facility," he said.

While GE will bring its expertise in aircraft engine design and research, TASL will be the manufacturing partner. The upcoming facility in Adibatla on the outskirts of Hyderabad is at a location where Tata already has manufacturing units with other joint venture partners including Boeing. "We have two aerospace parks in Hyderabad along with five airstrips that will help in setting up a skilling academy," said KT Rama Rao, Telangana industries minister.

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