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Tata hands over first air-to-air refuelling structure


Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) on Wednesday handed over first air-to-air refuelling pod structure to Cobham Mission Systems (CMS) for use on Airbus A400M.

The product has been developed at TASL facility here under a relationship between the two companies.

CMS had selected TASL in May last year as a strategic partner for the manufacture and assembly of Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) pod and centreline structures.

“Today marks the official handover ceremony of the first two 908E pod structures assembled by TASL and destined for use on the Airbus A400M,” said a statement by TASL.

The ceremony held at TASL facility was attended by officials from both the companies and a contingent from the British High Commission in India.

Russ Bradley, senior vice president, strategic sourcing, Cobham Plc, Alan Ephgrave, VP, general manager, Cobham Mission Systems, Sukaran Singh, CEO & MD, TASL and Masood Hussainy, vice president & head aerostructures, TASL attended the ceremony.

TASL is also currently working on 905E, 808E and 912E AAR products for the Airbus A330, Airbus A400M and Embraer KC-390 tanker programmes, due for delivery to Wimborne before the end of 2015.

CMS developed critical control solutions for its customers to increase the safety and mission capabilities of their personnel and equipment in extreme environments.

TASL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons focused on providing integrated solutions for aerospace, defence and homeland security.

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