‘Boeing sees great value in partnering with India’
Dennis D. Swanson is now the International Business Development Vice President for Boeing Defense, Space and Security in India. In an interview with SP’S M.A.I., Swanson spoke at length about Boeing’s plans to deepen its presence in the country through lo
SP’s M.A.I. (SP’s): Congratulations on being appointed Vice President of Defense, Space and Security Unit in India. Could you define what would be your role(s) in the new assignment? Dennis D. Swanson (Swanson): I was put in this position back in April 2011 with the objective of growing and repositioning Boeing’s defence, space and security business in India. As part of my role, I am also responsible for new sales opportunities, ensuring delivery on customer commitments and strengthening engagement with our industry partners. I do believe that Boeing can provide great value not just within the platforms we can sell but the relationships that we can invest in. This is going to be a time of tremendous growth for the Indian aerospace sector and Boeing is privileged to partner with India for the long term. SP’s: Although Boeing’s presence in India dates back more than seven decades, its entry into India’s defence sector has been relatively recent. Could you briefly cover Boeing’s ongoing programmes related to the defence sector in India? Swanson: Boeing enjoys a long-term relationship with India and has had a presence in the country for 70 years. Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) started pursuing opportunities six to seven years ago. In that short time, BDS has enjoyed successes with the sale of eight P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy, 10 C-17 Globemaster aircraft to the Indian Air Force and business jets. We have fielded Boeing’s AH-64 Apache in India’s attack helicopter competition and if selected, India will receive the latest technology in the form of the Block III AH-64 Apache. The US Army took delivery of the Block III aircraft in November 2011. The CH-47 Chinook is positioned in the heavy-lift helicopter and we believe its ability to carry high payloads in highaltitude areas will make it an ideal choice for India.
The Defense, Space & Security portfolio also extends to C4ISR platforms, airborne early warning and control systems, unmanned airborne systems, and services and support.
Our long-term business strategy is to work closely with our customers on their defence and security requirements, execute flawlessly on our current campaigns and deepen our presence in the country through long-term and strategy partnerships. SP’s: Could you give an update on the Indian Navy’s P8I project? When would the Navy be able to field its first ‘Poseidon’? Are there any indications of a repeat order? Swanson: The P-8I programme is progressing very well and we are on track to deliver the first aircraft to the Indian Navy in 2013.
In July this year, we witnessed two key milestones of the P-8I programme. The first flight of the second aircraft that India will receive took place in Seattle. The first P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy began its official flight test programme, which includes mission tests of sensors and communication systems.
The team will transition to ‘stores’ tests during which the P-8I will carry inert weapon shapes under its wings to demonstrate that the aircraft is capable of carrying all the weapons the Indian Navy will use during regular missions.
P-8I flight and weapons testing follows on the heels of similar testing for the US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon. P-8I is a variant of the Poseidon.
In order to efficiently design and build the P-8I and the P-8A, the Boeing-led team is using a first-in-industry, in-line production process that draws on the company’s Next-Generation 737 production system.
The P-8I features open system architecture, advanced sensor and display technologies, and a worldwide base of suppliers, parts and support equipment. The P-8I aircraft are built by a Boeing-led industry team that includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.
We are proud that a series of Indian suppliers such as the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Avantel, Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL), Dynamatic Technologies and Tata Advanced Materials Limited (TAML) are contributing to components that will be integrated on P-8 and P-8I. • HAL BuIlDs P-8I wEApon BAy Doors, IDEntIFICAtIon FrIEnD or FoE trAnsponder (IFFT) and tail cones. BEL BuIlDs DAtA lInk, IDEntIFICAtIon FrIEnD or FoE IntErroGAtor (IFFI) and finger printing equipment for the P-8I. AvAntEl DElIvErs tHE moBIlE sAtEllItE systEms For tHE P-8I. ECIL BuIlDs spEECH sECrECy systEms For tHE P-8I. DynAmAtIC TECHnoloGIEs (DTL) provIDEs P-8I powEr EquIpmEnt cabinets and mission equipment cabinets. TAML is a sub tier supplier to DTL and provides composite materials. TAtA BuIlDs APU Door FAIrInGs AnD rADomEs. Boeing was selected to provide eight P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to the Indian
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