GE Aerospace TASL extends billion dollar contract to manufacture aircraft engine components

GE Aerospace and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) have extended their long-term contract to produce and deliver $1 billion worth of commercial aircraft engine components. The engine components will be manufactured at the Tata Center of Excellence for Aero Engines (Tata-TCoE).

GE Aerospace and TASL announced the agreement on Friday, under which TASL would continue to build and supply various commercial aircraft engine components to GE’s global engine manufacturing units. The deal was first signed in late 2017.

“The long-term, multi-year contract is valued at over $1 billion and demonstrates GE and TASL’s growing cooperation in the aerospace industry,” according to the announcement.

Tata-TCoE was founded in 2018 with the aim of manufacturing CFM International LEAP engine components in India. CFM International is a 50/50 partnership between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.

CFM engines power a significant number of commercial aircraft in the country.

“The Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion (LEAP) engine continues to improve fuel efficiency and asset utilization for today’s new narrow-body commercial aircraft, logging more than 23 million engine flight hours since commissioning in 2016,” the statement said.

GE Aerospace’s relationship with TASL has grown over the past five years, according to Mike Kauffman, vice president and general manager of purchasing. “Over time, the Tata Center of Excellence for Aero Engines has grown in scope and importance for us and it is a wonderful demonstration of Make in India for the rest of the world.”

Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and CEO of TASL, said the company will continue to invest in expanding the country’s skills base, technology and aerospace production capacity.

Singh said, “The Tata Center of Excellence for Aero Engines has been established as a state-of-the-art modern facility for the sophisticated manufacturing of aero engines for global customers.”

“As a leading commercial engine builder, GE has helped us develop critical aircraft engine production processes here in India with GE’s technical support,” he added.

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