SIKA Aerospace & Defence, India (SIKA) and Aerotek Aviation Engineering, UK (Aerotek UK) have launched Aerotek Sika Aviation Engineering, which is a recently established joint venture that has been set up as a Make in India initiative to provide world-class manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Landing Gear, Hydraulic LRUs and Actuators for fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
Located within SIKA’s 6.5 acre campus in Bangalore, the Aerotek Sika facility, which has the distinction of being the first of its kind within the private sector in India, is capable of handling all types of Landing Gear manufacturing and MRO for helicopters and aircraft, from trainer aircraft and UAVs up to the size of narrow body aircraft. Aerotek Sika has been established from day one as a mirror site-both in terms of facilities and processes-to the Aerotek UK plant in England, in line with international standards.
Having focused initially on military customers, Aerotek Sika has over the course of the last few months been audited and approved by the Indian Ministry of Defence’s Center for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC) for ‘Manufacturing, Assembly, Testing, MRO of Landing Gear, Hydraulic LRUs and Actuators,’ as well as by various divisions of Hindustan Aeronautics. Subsequently, Aerotek Sika has secured a customer launch order for the manufacture, assembly and testing of a number of ship-sets of a 6.5 ton fixed wing aircraft. The company has also secured a separate contract for the design, development, qualification and certification of the landing gear retraction actuator for a 2 ton medium-altitude longendurance unmanned aerial vehicle, which has already completed the critical design review milestone and commenced prototype manufacturing.
Sika Aerospace & Defence is the primary brand of Sika Interplant Systems, which is an engineering driven company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The Company’s main lines of business comprise engineered projects & systems; interconnect solutions & electronic module integration; and MRO.