Boe­ing-In­dia Grow­ing from strength to strength

In­dia will re­ceive the lat­est mod­els of 22 AH-64E Apache at­tack he­li­copters and 15 CH-47F Chi­nook heavy-lift he­li­copters. “This is a mile­stone in Boe­ing’s ex­pand­ing com­mit­ment to In­dia,” said Pratyush Ku­mar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia.

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US aero­space and de­fence be­he­moth, Boe­ing is con­sol­i­dat­ing its re­la­tion­ship with In­dia, hav­ing been the coun­try’s part­ner in progress for nearly 70 years now. The re­cent wins by Boe­ing in In­dia – for 22 AH-64E Apache at­tack he­li­copters and 15 CH-47F Chi­nook heavy-lift he­li­copters – have put the arc lights on the US ma­jor. What be­gan as a com­mer­cial sale of DC-3 air­craft about 70 years back to Tata Air­lines has trans­formed it­self into an en­dur­ing re­la­tion­ship, though there may been pe­ri­ods of lull in be­tween. Boe­ing’s re­la­tion­ship with In­dia in the realm of de­fence too dates back to the 1940s when the In­dian Air Force (IAF) flew the T-6 Texan or Har­vard Ad­vanced Trainer made by North Amer­i­can Avi­a­tion and the C-47 Skytrain Mil­i­tary Trans­port, a mil­i­tary vari­ant of the DC-3, made by McDon­nell Dou­glas.

Af­ter a fairly long gap, Boe­ing started to play an im­por­tant role in the mis­sion readi­ness and mod­erni­sa­tion of the armed forces. In June 2011, In­dia’s Min­istry of De­fence signed an agree­ment with the US Gov­ern­ment to ac­quire 10 Boe­ing C-17 Globe­mas­ter III air­lifters. It was in 2013, Boe­ing bounced back with the de­liv­ery of C-17 Globe­mas­ter III air­lifter and P-8i mar­itime sur­veil­lance and an­ti­sub­ma­rine air­craft. This re­la­tion­ship has been fur­ther firmed up with In­dia giv­ing the green sig­nal for pur­chase of the Apache and Chi­nook he­li­copters.


In­dia will re­ceive the lat­est mod­els of 22 AH-64E Apache at­tack he­li­copters and 15 CH-47F Chi­nook heavy-lift he­li­copters. “This is a mile­stone in Boe­ing’s ex­pand­ing com­mit­ment to In­dia,” said Pratyush Ku­mar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia. “This ac­qui­si­tion en­hances the IAF’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and of­fers us an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther ac­cel­er­ate ‘Make in In­dia.’ Large sec­tions of the Chi­nook fuse­lage are al­ready man­u­fac­tured in In­dia and dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing with our In­dian part­ners to make Apache parts.”

The Apache is the world’s lead­ing multi-role at­tack he­li­copter. The AH-64E Apache, the most mod­ern vari­ant also flown by the US Army, fea­tures en­hanced per­for­mance, joint dig­i­tal op­er­abil­ity, im­proved sur­viv­abil­ity and cog­ni­tive de­ci­sion aid­ing.

The CH-47F Chi­nook is an ad­vanced mul­ti­mis­sion he­li­copter op­er­ated by the US Army and 18 other de­fence forces. The Chi­nook has proven its abil­ity to op­er­ate in the range of con­di­tions that typ­ify the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent, in­clud­ing de­liv­er­ing heavy pay­loads to high al­ti­tudes.

“Th­ese new air­craft will pro­vide world-class ca­pa­bil­i­ties to meet the IAF’s mis­sions to­day, tomorrow and well into the fu­ture,” said David Koop­er­smith, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, Boe­ing Ver­ti­cal Lift di­vi­sion. “This agree­ment rep­re­sents an­other ma­jor step for­ward in our long and suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship with In­dia.” In­dia is the 14th na­tion to se­lect the Apache and the 19th na­tion to se­lect the Chi­nook.

“The Apache and Chi­nook rep­re­sent the best of high-per­form­ing tech­nolo­gies that will mod­ernise In­dia’s de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” said Den­nis Swan­son, Vice Pres­i­dent, De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity in In­dia. “We look for­ward to de­liv­er­ing the new­est Apache and Chi­nook to our cus­tomers and re­main fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing on its com­mit­ments to the IAF and In­dia’s Min­istry of De­fence (MoD).”

Boe­ing Ex­pands Foot­print in In­dia

Head­quar­tered in Delhi, Boe­ing’s In­dia oper­a­tions in­clude a cor­po­rate of­fice in Delhi, the Boe­ing Re­search & Tech­nol­ogy cen­ter in Ben­galuru, and field ser­vice of­fices in Mum­bai and Delhi. Boe­ing sub­sidiary, Jeppe­sen, a provider of flight nav­i­ga­tion so­lu­tions, is well es­tab­lished in Hyderabad. Two other Boe­ing sub­sidiaries, Narus in Ben­galuru and Con­ti­nen­tal DataGraph­ics in Chennai, are also ex­pand­ing their foot­print in the coun­try.

Boe­ing, along with its sub­sidiary com­pa­nies, em­ploys over 400

employees in the coun­try. To­day, as Boe­ing’s part­ner­ship with In­dia is ex­pand­ing to meet the coun­try’s larger aero­space and de­fence re­quire­ments, it is also rapidly build­ing sus­tain­able value and ex­per­tise in the In­dian aero­space sec­tor.

Boe­ing De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity

On Jan­uary 1, 2009, the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia pur­chased eight Boe­ing P-8I long-range mar­itime re­con­nais­sance and anti-sub­ma­rine air­craft. The P-8I is an In­dia-unique vari­ant of the US Navy’s P-8A Po­sei­don, a de­vel­op­ment from the Boe­ing 737-800. In June 2011, MoD signed an agree­ment with the US Gov­ern­ment to ac­quire 10 Boe­ing C-17 Globe­mas­ter III air­lifters.

Boe­ing De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity has a rich port­fo­lio of prod­ucts and ser­vices on of­fer to In­dia, be­sides the he­li­copters, and Har­poon mis­siles. The Boe­ing port­fo­lio also ex­tends to un­manned sys­tems, se­cu­rity so­lu­tions, ser­vices and sup­port, and net­work-cen­tric oper­a­tions sys­tems.

In­dus­try Part­ner­ships

Ac­cel­er­at­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an in­dige­nous aero­space and de­fence ecosys­tem is a cen­tral part of Boe­ing’s strat­egy in In­dia. Boe­ing’s in­dus­trial part­ner­ship pro­gramme is fo­cused to­wards iden­ti­fy­ing and en­gag­ing with com­pa­nies in In­dia for sup­port­ing aero­space and de­fence pro­grammes across the Boe­ing en­ter­prise.

With a view to cap­i­tal­is­ing on In­dia’s com­pe­ten­cies, Boe­ing is col­lab­o­rat­ing with In­dian part­ners to build ca­pa­bil­ity that will be glob­ally com­pet­i­tive. Th­ese in­dus­trial part­ners are rais­ing their bar to de­liver world-class qual­ity, cost-ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity, and are be­com­ing an im­por­tant part of the com­pany’s world­wide sup­ply-chain for some of the most ad­vanced air­craft in the world.

Since 1997, Boe­ing has worked with In­dia’s premier soft­ware de­vel­op­ment com­pa­nies – in­clud­ing HCL, In­fosys, Wipro and Tata Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices (TCS) – on sev­eral projects re­lated to sys­tems re-engi­neer­ing and de­vel­op­ment, web en­abling, e-busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions and long-term main­te­nance. In 2005, Boe­ing added a va­ri­ety of knowl­edge-based engi­neer­ing and data anal­y­sis projects, as well as air­craft de­sign ac­tiv­ity, to its ex­ist­ing IT work in In­dia.

The Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) be­came the sin­gle­source pro­ducer of 757 over­wing exit doors in 1991. HAL has man­u­fac­tured the 777 up­lock boxes, 777 flap­er­ons, F/A-18 gun bay doors, F/A-18 wire har­nesses, P-8I weapons bay doors, P-8I tail­cones and P-8I iden­ti­fi­ca­tion friend-or-foe transpon­ders.

The Bharat Elec­tron­ics Lim­ited (BEL) has de­liv­ered the In­dian­designed Data Link II for the P-8I, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem that en­ables ex­change of tac­ti­cal data and mes­sages be­tween the In­dian Navy air­craft, ships and shore es­tab­lish­ments. BEL has also de­liv­ered the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion friend-or-foe in­ter­roga­tor, a bat­tle man­age­ment sys­tem that en­ables the air­craft to dis­tin­guish friendly air­craft and forces. Fi­nally, BEL is on con­tract to pro­vide F/A-18 flight deck cock­pit pan­els. The Elec­tron­ics Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia Lim­ited (ECIL) pro­vides the Speech Se­crecy Sys­tems for the P-8I.

In ad­di­tion to de­fence pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ings, In­dia’s well­re­puted pri­vate com­pa­nies play a large role in Boe­ing in­dus­trial strat­egy. Dy­na­matic Tech­nolo­gies and Tata Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als Lim­ited (TAML) have al­ready de­liv­ered P-8I power and mis­sion equip­ment cab­i­nets, and TAML is also on con­tract to pro­vide P-8I aux­il­iary power unit door fair­ings. Dy­na­matic Tech­nolo­gies is on con­tract to man­u­fac­ture the aft py­lon and cargo ramp assem­blies for Boe­ing’s CH-47F Chi­nook. Avan­tel de­liv­ers the mo­bile satel­lite sys­tems for the P-8I and Maini and TAL Man­u­fac­tur­ing So­lu­tions are on con­tract to pro­vide C-17 ground sup­port equip­ment.

Re­search & Tech­nol­ogy and Univer­sity Part­ner­ships

Since 1995, Boe­ing has a R&D pres­ence in In­dia, when col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search in aero­dy­nam­ics was es­tab­lished with the Na­tional Aero­space Labs (NAL) in Ben­galuru. This has de­vel­oped into a se­ries of projects in aero­dy­nam­ics and ad­vanced anal­y­sis meth­ods at NAL, In­dian In­sti­tute of Science (IISc) and In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IIT) Kan­pur.

In 2005, Boe­ing en­tered into a strate­gic re­search part­ner­ship with IISc Ben­galuru. The Boe­ing-IISc part­ner­ship fo­cuses on re­search in ma­te­ri­als sci­ences for struc­tural al­loys, smart ma­te­ri­als and struc­tures, process mod­el­ling and sim­u­la­tion. The Aero­space Net­work Re­search Con­sor­tium (ANRC) was set up in 2008 with the IISc and in­dus­try part­ners, HCL Tech­nolo­gies and Wipro. This con­sor­tium has con­ducted re­search and co-de­vel­oped tech­nolo­gies re­lated to wire­less aero­space net­works.

In 2009, Boe­ing fur­ther ex­panded its R&D foot­print in In­dia by es­tab­lish­ing the Boe­ing Re­search & Tech­nol­ogy In­dia Cen­ter, an In­dian coun­ter­part of Boe­ing’s Re­search & Tech­nol­ogy or­gan­i­sa­tion in the United States.

In 2011, Boe­ing signed an agree­ment with the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (DST) to es­tab­lish a cen­tre to pro­mote aero­space man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in In­dia. A con­sor­tium model was adopted with Boe­ing, DST and IIT Bom­bay join­ing hands as the found­ing part­ners to cre­ate the Na­tional Cen­tre for Aero­space In­no­va­tion and Re­search (NCAIR). This cen­tre, lo­cated on the cam­pus of IIT Bom­bay, en­ables In­dian and multi­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions – such as NAL, HAL, Go­drej, DMG, MORI SEIKI, Sand­vik Coro­mant and Del­cam – to col­lab­o­rate, and de­velop so­lu­tions.

Also based in Ben­galuru, and staffed with mod­el­ling and sim­u­la­tion en­gi­neers, the Boe­ing Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment & Ex­per­i­men­ta­tion (SD&E) Cen­ter pro­vides de­fence ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and de­ci­sion-sup­port ser­vices to understand the fu­ture needs of the In­dian armed forces.

The re­la­tion­ship con­tin­ues to grow, based on trust and un­der­stand­ing the needs of a na­tion which is emerg­ing as a ma­jor eco­nomic pow­er­house.

AH-64E Apache at­tack he­li­copter

CH-47F Chi­nook heavy-lift he­li­copter

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