General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a subsidiary of General Atomics, an American technology major, announced its strategic partnership with the leading Indian defence company, Bharat Forge Ltd., to manufacture main landing gear components, subassemblies, and assemblies of remotely piloted aircraft. The move is expected to result in significant capability-building for both companies and provide an impetus to the large Indian unmanned aircraft industry and develop a manufacturing ecosystem for high-end drones.
“GA-ASI is eagerly looking forward to working with Bharat Forge in the critical field of aerostructure manufacturing,” said Vivek Lall, Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corporation.
With over five decades of experience in manufacturing a wide range of high-performance, critical safety components, Bharat Forge offers full-service supply capability from concept to product design, engineering, manufacturing, testing, and validation, a press release stated.
“Bharat Forge’s expertise in the field of forging is known globally, and their outstanding contributions in the aerospace sector have inspired us to work together to build the next generation of the world’s most advanced unmanned aerial vehicles,” said Lall.
Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge Limited, said, “Aerospace is a high ‘Technology Intensive’ domain, which relies on Product Integrity, Reliability, and Zero Defect.’
“This is a culture by itself and demands a strong focus on people and processes. As part of our Aerospace Growth Strategy, our collaboration with GA-ASI is a strong testimony of our culture in Bharat Forge Aerospace to assimilate and demonstrate the same, as partners to General Atomics, in making India Atmanirbhar,” Kalyani said.
Bharat Forge Limited has a state-of-the-art, digitally integrated manufacturing, assembly, and testing facility for aerospace components and systems. It manufactures structural and engine parts and subsystems for aircraft and engines for both civil and military applications. Its impressive portfolio includes aircraft turbine and compressor manufacturing; high-end aero engine components like blades, discs, and shafts; and airframe components, including aircraft landing gear, in keeping with the latest technology and design trends while maintaining high-quality standards, according to the company’s hand-out.