Boe­ing’s medium & long-term plans for In­dia

SP's MAI - - MILITARY | OEMSPEAK - By Pratyush Ku­mar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia

Boe­ing, the largest aero­space com­pany in the world, is com­plet­ing 100 years next year. As we look to our sec­ond cen­tury, it’s clear that In­dia is poised to play a piv­otal role in the next evo­lu­tion of Aero­space & De­fence (A&D). We’re com­mit­ted to build an A&D fu­ture to­gether with In­dia. Pil­lars of our part­ner­ship with In­dia are: Skilling to build an aero­space ecosys­tem in In­dia, ac­cel­er­at­ing our ef­forts on ‘Make in In­dia’, and sup­port­ing In­dia’s de­fence and avi­a­tion cus­tomers with Boe­ing’s state-of-the-art and re­li­able prod­ucts and ser­vices.

Skilling In­dia for aero­space. Boe­ing is deeply com­mit­ted to skilling for the aero­space in In­dia across the en­tire ecosys­tem: skilling front­line fac­tory work­ers who are key to ‘Make in In­dia’, train­ing en­gi­neers who will de­sign next-gen­er­a­tion aero­space plat­forms not just for In­dia but for the world, and sup­port­ing ad­vanced re­search and de­vel­op­ment con­sor­tiums with IISc and IITs to push the state-of-the-art.

We launched the sec­ond year of skilling for aero­space man­u­fac­tur­ing in In­dia in part­ner­ship with NSDC. The re­sults are ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing; the trained work­ers de­liv­ered world-class qual­ity at first-pass. We achieved 100 per cent em­ploy­ment for the first two batches. En­cour­aged by this ex­pe­ri­ence, we plan to sig­nif­i­cantly scale it up in part­ner­ship with NSDC and the Min­istry of De­fence. Founded by Boe­ing with IIT Bom­bay and GoI’s Depart­ment of Science & Tech­nol­ogy, the Na­tional Cen­tre for Aero­space In­no­va­tion & Re­search (NCAIR) con­sor­tium trains and pre­pares In­dian in­dus­try for aero­space man­u­fac­tur­ing. The Aero­space Net­work Re­search Con­sor­tium (ANRC) with IISc Ben­galuru is an­other open col­lab­o­ra­tion that con­ducts strate­gic re­search/co-de­vel­op­ment of aero­space net­work tech­nolo­gies.

Ac­cel­er­at­ing ‘Make in In­dia’. Soon af­ter In­dia’s PM Shri Naren­dra Modi launched the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive in Septem­ber 2014, Dy­na­matic Tech­nol­gies and Boe­ing in­au­gu­rated a plant in Ben- galuru to man­u­fac­ture crit­i­cal parts for the Chi­nook heavy-lift he­li­copters. In a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity at a Tata com­pany in Nag­pur, Boe­ing man­u­fac­tures ad­vanced com­pos­ite floor beams that form the ‘spine’ of the world’s most ad­vanced air­craft, Boe­ing 787-9. In July this year we an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Tata to man­u­fac­ture ad­vanced aero-struc­tures and aerial sys­tems in­clud­ing un­manned. We have sig­nif­i­cantly upped our man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia, more than dou­bling our sourc­ing over the last year. Now, over half a bil­lion dol­lars in prod­uct and ser­vices from In­dia gets on our air­planes each year and we are work­ing to in­crease that.

On the engi­neer­ing side, Boe­ing has been work­ing with In­dia’s Tier-1 IT & Engi­neer­ing Ser­vices providers with a sig­nif­i­cant spread of part­ner en­gi­neers and engi­neer­ing work state­ments sourced dur­ing the past decade. Boe­ing sub­sidiaries like CDG and Jeppe­sen also have a sig­nif­i­cant and grow­ing engi­neer­ing foot­print in In­dia. To fur­ther lever­age In­dia’s deep engi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties Boe­ing also plans to sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand its engi­neer­ing foot­print or­gan­i­cally in the near term.

Help­ing our cus­tomers win. With 10 C-17 Globe­mas­ter strate­gic air­lifters and 8 P-8I mar­itime sur­veil­lance and anti-sub­marime war­fare air­craft de­liv­ered, Boe­ing is help­ing with the mis­sion-readi­ness and mod­erni­sa­tion of In­dia’s de­fence forces. C-17s have played a stel­lar role in nu­mer­ous re­lief and res­cue mis­sions and P-8Is have en­abled the In­dian Navy to mon­i­tor the vast re­gion of the ocean from the Strait of Hor­muz to the Malacca Strait. The re­cent con­tracts of 22 AH-64E Apache at­tack he­li­copters and 15 CH-47F Chi­nook heavy-lift he­li­copters fur­ther strength­ens our po­si­tion as a longterm strate­gic part­ner for In­dia’s de­fence mod­erni­sa­tion. Boe­ing will also con­tinue to work closely with its de­fence cus­tomers to give su­pe­rior mis­sion readi­ness in ser­vic­ing all our plat­forms.

In­dia learned to fly on the wings of Boe­ing. More than 75 years ago, Tata Air­lines op­er­ated DC-3 air­craft. Since then, with the 707, 747, 777, 737 and the game-chang­ing 787, Boe­ing has been the main­stay of In­dia’s avi­a­tion sec­tor with air­lines such as Air In­dia, Jet Air­ways and SpiceJet. Twenty-one 787s are now with Air In­dia serv­ing them to ex­pand in­ter­na­tional routes and fuel-ef­fi­cient oper­a­tions. Com­mer­cial Avi­a­tion Ser­vices will also be a ma­jor fo­cus area in pro­vid­ing our com­mer­cial cus­tomers a path to­wards achiev­ing world-class oper­a­tions.

Across all th­ese ar­eas, Boe­ing is “bring­ing the best of Boe­ing to In­dia and bring­ing the best of In­dia to Boe­ing” in a true win-win part­ner­ship.

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