Swiss aerospace and defence group RUAG International is selling its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul for business aircraft and military helicopters, as well as the production of the Dornier 228 at Oberpfaffenhofen in Bavaria, Germany to General Atomics Europe GmbH.
Both companies signed a corresponding agreement on September 30, 2020 under which the new owner will take over all 450 employees. The entire cycle of transfer of ownership is set to be completed by the end of this year.
Dornier GmbH started the manufacturing of Dornier Do 228 in 1981 in Germany and in1983, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. purchased the production license of the aircraft and started producing it in HAL Kanpur unit. However it was in 2019, RUAG started building new generation Do 228 with its fuselage, wings and tail units being imported from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Kanpur.
“The agreement with General Atomics Europe is another important step for RUAG International on its way to realignment. The sale of parts of the company is taking place in accordance with the unbundling concept approved by the Swiss Federal Council on 15 March 2019. The business activities affected by the sale were all brought together in the MRO International division, whose parts of the company are all to be divested in the future. The two locations specialising in business jets at Geneva-Cointrin and Lugano-Agno airports were sold in July 2019. The purchaser of the two locations was the French aerospace company Dassault Aviation,” as per the statement released by RUAG.
At present, the company employs around 800 people at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany to carry out aircraft structure construction under RUAG Aerostructures however, this segment will not be affected by the sale.
Further commenting on acquisition, GA Europe said that any takeover comes with greater challenges to cope up with and GA Europe was fully prepared for it. General Atomics Europe is economically robust and in addition, company has developed a future concept that creates a classic win-win situation for GA-Europe and the future new location in Oberpfaffenhofen.