Boeing Makes Super Offer for Super Hornet
OVER THE last seven decades, Boeing has made t remendous progress in deepening its presence, partnerships and investments in India’s aerospace and defence sector. This is keeping in line with its 100 years of aerospace leadership where Boeing has strategically invested to add to its global scale and depth by looking primarily at capability, productivity, quality and market potential.
Boeing’s defence business in particular has grown in the last seven years to encompass a significant installed base of aircraft in the fleets of the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy backed by support services that enable the operators to use the aircraft when they require. With 10 C-17 Globemaster strategic airlifters, eight P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft and Harpoon missiles delivered, Boeing is playing a key role in meeting the missionreadiness objectives and modernization effort of the Indian armed forces. The Indian Air Force’s C-17s have played a stellar role in numerous relief and rescue missions and P-8Is have enabled the Indian Navy to monitor and protect India’s vast coastline.
The recent contracts for four additional P- 8I aircraft, 22 AH- 64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH- 47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters will further strengthen Boeing’s position as a long-term strategic partner for India’s defence modernisation. Michael Koch, vice president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security Boeing, says Boeing will stay laser focused to ensure the Indian Air Force (IAF) receives the helicopters on schedule and with the required support and training capabilities infrastructure in place to operate them to the full extent of their capabilities.
In the future, Koch explains that Boeing is looking to expand its sevendecade long partnership with the Indian aerospace ecosystem by proposing the production of Super Hornets in India.
What has been proposed is to build the Super Hornets in India in an all-new world-class advanced manufacturing facility with the very latest technologies in place, perfectly positioning India to build its Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).
“With advanced technologies, designed in stealth and a robust capability growth plan, the Super Hornet offers advanced multirole attack fighter capability and is perfectly suited to meet the needs of the IAF now and for many decades to come,” Koch said. “The Super Hornet not only has an affordable acquisition cost, but it costs less per flight hour to operate than any other fighter aircraft in US forces inventory,” he added.
BOEING RAMPS UP MANUFACTURING ACTIVITIES IN INDIA TO SUPPORT “MAKE IN INDIA”
Significant portions of the Apache and Chinook helicopters are already contracted made in India for all worldwide customers. Dynamatic Technologies manufactures the ramp and pylon for the CH- 47 Chinook helicopter in Bangalore. In November last year, Boeing announced a joint venture with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to manufacture aerostructures for the Apache attack helicopter. Based in Hyderabad, the joint venture TATA Boeing Aerospace Limited ( TBAL) has a new factory under construction that will be the sole manufacturer of AH-64 fuselages for the global market. At the ground
breaking ceremony of Being’s joint venture with Tata Advanced Systems in June this year, Manohar Parrikar, Indian defence minister said, “The joint venture between Tata and Boeing is a significant step in developing India’s capabilities for aerospace & defence manufacturing and becoming a global exporter. This is a clear example of the significant progress made towards “Make in India for defence,” said Manohar Parrikar, Union Defence Minister. “I am delighted to see Boeing and Tata step forward and make this substantial investment, in defence FDI.” The Apache has been flown or selected for acquisition by the United States and 15 other nations, including India.
Koch explains that Boeing has been working with suppliers in India for over two decades in manufacturing, IT and engineering services. “Today, there are more than 30 suppliers providing parts and assemblies covering aero-structures, avionics mission systems, advanced composites, forgings, wire harnesses, and ground support equipment. Since 2008, Boeing’s engagement with suppliers has increased substantially for commercial and defence aircraft such as the 777, 787, P- 8, F/ A-18, F-15, and CH-47 Chinook,” Koch said. Some of the work our Indian partners are delivering for Boeing is indicative of the complex manufacturing capabilities that Indian companies are capable of developing for the global market.”
FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOEING DEFENSE IN INDIA
Boeing sees future opportunities for providing additional P-8I long range
maritime reconnaissance aircraft, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, CH- 47F Chinook heavy- lift helicopters, aircraft refueling tankers and weapons such as Harpoon missiles, unmanned systems and services and support.
Koch explains that Boeing’s business strategy has a dual focus in India – firstly, to provide a winning platform to our military customers, with state-of-the-art, reliable, and affordable products, underscored by life-cycle support services; and secondly, to create an eco-system for the aerospace industry in India, through partnerships with local companies. “Going forward, you will see Boeing deepening its presence in India and continue to strengthen its partnerships with Indian companies to align with the government’s Make in India vision,” Koch said.
Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Breaks Ground of Boeing-Tata Joint Venture that will produce Apache fuselages in Hyderabad