TASL delivers the first crown, tailcone to Boeing for Indian Chinook
Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) have announced the delivery of the first crown and tailcone assembly for the Indian configuration of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter. Manufactured by TASL in Hyderabad, the parts will be delivered to Boeing for final assembly of the 15 helicopters on delivery to the Indian Air Force. TASL, a wholly- owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, is focused on providing integrated solutions for aerospace, defence and homeland security.
“This delivery is another significant step in our journey to increase defence capability and manufacturing capacity out of India with our strategic partners,” Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India, said. “Tata Advanced Systems has demonstrated its ability to deliver high-quality components to the CH-47F Chinook programme on schedule, which in turn helps Boeing meet commitments to its customers. We are clearly interested in leveraging the full potential of capability that exists in India to continue delivering greater value for less cost to our U.S. and international customers,” he said.
Sukaran Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, TASL, said, “We are proud to deliver the first crown and tailcone assembly for CH-47F Chinook helicopter. Undertaking the responsibility of complete manufacture and assembly for Boeing gives us an excellent opportunity to display our capability of development and assembly projects in high technology areas to global quality standards. Our endeavour is to contribute to the Indian defence industry and demonstrate our commitment to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.”
India’s Ministry of Defence had finalised an order with Boeing in 2015 for the production, training and support of 15 CH-47F Chinook heavylift helicopters to enhance India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions. Deliveries will begin in 2019.
TASL is already delivering crown and tailcones for CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the US Army and international customers. The CH47F Chinook is the advanced multimission helicopter which is being operated by the U.S. Army and 18 other defence forces around the world.
Boeing’s network in India includes 35 direct and 120 indirect suppliers from India that manufacture advanced and complex components and subassemblies for a range of various commercial and defence aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner, 777X, F/A-18, F-15, P-8, CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache. Boeing supports the Make in India initiative through accelerated investments in manufacturing, skill development and engineering to build a strong and indigenous aerospace and defence ecosystem.
Boeing has been active in India for 75 years with its commercial airplanes providing the mainstay of India’s civil aviation sector. In addition, Boeing’s military aircraft and services business is playing an important role in the modernisation and mission-readiness of India’s defence forces. Boeing is focused on delivering value to Indian customers with advanced technologies and performance driven aircraft underscored by lifecycle support services. Boeing is also committed to creating sustainable value in the Indian aerospace sector – developing local suppliers, pursuing business partnerships and shaping research and technical collaborations with Indian companies and institutions. In a short span of five years, TASL has become a significant player in the global aerospace market, becoming the premier manufacturing partner for global OEMs, including Boeing, Airbus Group, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Cobham Mission Equipment, RUAG Aviation, as well as the Government of India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation.
It has capabilities throughout the entire aerospace value chain from design to full aircraft assembly, and is well positioned in other areas that include missiles, radars, unmanned aerial systems, command and control systems, optronics and homeland security.
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