Airbus Helicopters will team with India’s Mahindra Group for future Indian military rotorcraft tenders.

The two companies are in talks to form a joint venture that will bid for upcoming tenders including the reconnaissance and surveillance helicopter (RSH), naval utility helicopter (NUH), and naval multirole helicopter (NMH) procurements, say the two companies in a joint statement.

“We have an unparalleled track-record of successful industrial collaborations with local partners across the world,” says Airbus Helicopters president and chief executive Guillaume Faury. “We are convinced that with Mahindra we will not only have a mutually rewarding association but one which will offer immense benefits to India,”

“The tie-up is in line with our intent to develop an indigenous industrial ecosystem dedicated to helicopters. The joint venture will be dedicated to supplying the Indian Armed Forces with Made-in-India, state-of-the-art helicopters of high reliability, quality and safety standard based on combat-proven platforms.”

The collaboration will between Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Defence, which produces armoured vehicles, undersea warfare equipment, and sensors for the Indian Military. Mahindra also has an aircraft unit, Mahindra Aerospace, which produces the Airvan 8 utility aircraft through its ownership of Australia’s GippsAero.