Mahindra Defence & Shinmaywa Industries Join Hands For Us-2 Amphibious Aircraft
Mahindra Defence's Memorandum of Understanding with ShinMaywa Industries Limited, Japan, manufacturer of Amphibious Aircraft US-2 is one of the key events at Defexpo 2018, Chennai. Signing this MOU on the sidelines of this event offers both the companies to join forces in order to set up MRO services/manufacturing and assembling of structural parts & components for US-2 amphibian aircraft.
ShinMaywa US-2, manufactured by Japan-based ShinMaywa Industries, is a modern amphibious aircraft is a veritable force multiplier since it fulfils a multitude of missions in a single platform. It is a unique aircraft and the only 'in service' open sea capable amphibian aircraft with state of art equipment, very rough sea operations (Sea state 5 up to 3m wave height), riverine/lake landing capability, STOL features, long endurance and extended radius of operations with large payload capacity. With such unique features, US-2 may be considered as an effective platform to carry out `Benign' missions such as SAR, CASEVAC, Humanitarian Relief and Disaster Management, and `Constabulary' missions such as extended EEZ surveillance, Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) missions of the Indian Navy etc. The ShinMaywa US-2 fleet is deployed by Japanese Maritime Self Defence Forces across their remote islands chain for Exclusive Economic Zones protection, surveillance and Search & rescue operations.
India and Japan are now discussing the methodology of procurement of Amphibian Aircraft US-2 requirements of the Indian Navy. Both nations are working on the way forward to induct this aircraft in India.
Both ShinMaywa and Mahindra Defence have entered into this partnership with a view to set up MRO services in India and also undertake to manufacture, assembling of structural parts & components for US-2 amphibian aircraft etc. Mahindra is the only Indian private sector OEM for small aircraft which sold in many countries globally. Given their joint capabilities, it is only natural that both companies have come together and are confident of delivering solutions for this aircraft as mandated by the Indian Ministry of Defence. This MOU also envisages both the companies to build up a strategic partnership for future versions of US-2 amphibian aircraft.