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Boe­ing and Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems cel­e­brated the foun­da­tion lay­ing of a new fa­cil­ity in Hy­der­abad for its joint ven­ture named Tata Boe­ing Aero­space Lim­ited (TBAL) on June 18, 2016. The JV has been es­tab­lished to co-pro­duce Boe­ing AH-64 Apache helicopter fuse­lages and other aerostruc­tures, as well as to pur­sue in­te­grated sys­tems in aero­space.

The Hy­der­abad pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity will even­tu­ally be the sole pro­ducer of AH-64 fuse­lages glob­ally. The Apache has been flown or se­lected for ac­qui­si­tion by the United States and 15 other na­tions, in­clud­ing In­dia.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cer­e­mony were De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar K.T. Rama Rao, Min­is­ter of IT and In­dus­tries & Com­merce, Te­lan­gana; and other dig­ni­taries from the Te­lan­gana gov­ern­ment.

“The joint ven­ture between Tata and Boe­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant step in de­vel­op­ing In­dia’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties for aero­space and de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing and be­com­ing a global ex­porter. This is a clear ex­am­ple of the sig­nif­i­cant progress made to­wards ‘Make in In­dia for de­fence,’” said De­fence Min­is­ter Par­rikar. “I am de­lighted to see Boe­ing and Tata step for­ward and make this sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in In­dia.”

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, S. Ra­mado­rai, Chair­man of Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Ltd (TASL), said, “To­day’s ground-break­ing cer­e­mony is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in fur­ther­ing our com­mit­ment to the In­dian aero­space sec­tor. With the ad­vent of the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion 4.0 this part­ner­ship could boost the emerg­ing manu- fac­tur­ing sec­tor, con­tribut­ing to the Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter’s vi­sion of ‘Make in In­dia’. I am pos­i­tive that this JV which brings to­gether the core strengths of both com­pa­nies will help take this strate­gic re­la­tion­ship to the next level.”

“This joint ven­ture is an ex­cit­ing ad­vance­ment for Boe­ing in lever­ag­ing our cap­i­tal and ex­per­tise glob­ally,” said Pratyush Ku­mar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia, and Board Mem­ber of TBAL. “I am de­lighted that ev­ery such step we take is forg­ing the way to­wards build­ing an in­dige­nous aero­space ecosys­tem in sup­port of ‘Make in In­dia.’”

In Novem­ber 2015, Boe­ing and Tata an­nounced a JV for man­u­fac­tur­ing aerostruc­tures and col­lab­o­ra­tion on in­te­grated sys­tems de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia. This JV will cre­ate a man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre of ex­cel­lence to pro­duce aerostruc­tures for the AH-64 Apache and pro­vide af­ford­able man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the global aero­space in­dus­try.

“To­day’s ground-break­ing is the next step in Boe­ing and TASL’s jour­ney to de­velop key tech­nolo­gies and ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” said Dave Koop­er­smith, Boe­ing Vice Pres­i­dent, Ver­ti­cal Lift, and Board Mem­ber of TBAL. “We will be mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments to en­sure the suc­cess of this joint ven­ture as we bring value to our cus­tomers glob­ally and com­pete for ad­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing work in the global mar­ket.”

“We are proud to part­ner with Boe­ing to man­u­fac­ture com­plex aero­space aerostruc­tures parts out of In­dia”, said Sukaran Singh, MD & CEO, Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems, and Board Mem­ber of TBAL. “Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems has devel­oped ex­per­tise in man­u­fac­tur­ing as well as in large-scale sys­tems in­te­gra­tion work in the aero­space and de­fence sec­tor. Our ca­pa­bil­i­ties are fur­ther en­hanced through col­lab­o­ra­tions and part­ner­ships with lead­ing global aero­space ma­jors. We in­tend to grow this unique joint ven­ture part­ner­ship with Boe­ing, fo­cus­ing on op­por­tu­ni­ties to col­lab­o­rate on de­vel­op­ment and life-cy­cle man­age­ment of in­te­grated sys­tems.”

Boe­ing and Tata group com­pa­nies have es­tab­lished part­ner­ships in In­dia to man­u­fac­ture aerostruc­tures for Boe­ing’s com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary air­craft. Tata Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als has de­liv­ered com­pos­ite pan­els for the power and mission equip­ment cab­i­nets and aux­il­iary power unit door fair­ings for the P-8I long-range mar­itime sur­veil­lance and anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare air­craft. TAL Man­u­fac­tur­ing So­lu­tions is man­u­fac­tur­ing com­plex floor beams out of com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als for the Boe­ing 787-9, the most mod­ern air­craft with ex­cep­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal and fuel-ef­fi­cient ca­pa­bil­i­ties. TAL Man­u­fac­tur­ing So­lu­tions has pro­vided ground sup­port equip­ment for the C-17 Globe­mas­ter III strate­gic air­lifter.

De­fence Min­is­ter Par­rikar at the foun­da­tion lay­ing cer­e­mony of the new fa­cil­ity in Hy­der­abad of TBAL. Also seen are S. Ra­mado­rai, Chair­man,TASL; Sukaran Singh, MD & CEO, TASL; Pratyush Ku­mar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia; and Dave Koop­er­smith, Vice Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing Ver­ti­cal Lift Di­vi­sion

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