Boe­ing Makes Su­per Of­fer for Su­per Hor­net

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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.


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.”


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

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