Boe­ing join hands with HAL, MDS for F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net

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Boe­ing has an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Hin­dus­tann Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) and Mahin­dra De­fence Sys­tems (MDS) to man­u­fac­ture the F/A18 Su­per Hor­net in In­dia for its armed forces and pur­sue the joint de­vel­op­ment of fu­ture tech­nolo­gies. The part­ner­ship is ex­pected to trans­form In­dia’s aero­space and de­fence ecosys­tem.

“Boe­ing is ex­cited to team up with In­dia’s only com­pany that man­u­fac­tures com­bat fight­ers, HAL, and In­dia’s only com­pany that man­u­fac­tures util­ity and sur­veil­lance air­craft, Mahin­dra. This part­ner­ship brings the best of In­dian public and pri­vate en­ter­prises to­gether in part­ner­ship with the world’s largest aero­space com­pany, Boe­ing, to ac­cel­er­ate a con­tem­po­rary ecosys­tem for aero­space and de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing in In­dia,” Pratyush Kumar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia, said.

“Our part­ner­ship with HAL and Mahin­dra will en­able us to op­ti­mise the full po­ten­tial of In­dia’s public and pri­vate sec­tor to de­liver the next-gen­er­a­tion F/A-18 fighter ca­pa­bil­i­ties. To­gether we can de­liver an af­ford­able, com­bat-proven fighter plat­form for In­dia, while adding growth mo­men­tum to the In­dian aero­space ecosys­tem with man­u­fac­tur­ing, skill de­vel­op­ment, in­no­va­tion and en­gi­neer­ing and job cre­ation,” he said.

“HAL has al­ways been at the forefront of de­vel­op­ment in In­dia’s aero­space sec­tor. This part­ner­ship with Boe­ing and MDS will cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the aero­space in­dus­try and strengthen in­dige­nous plat­forms in In­dia,” T Su­varna Raju, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, HAL, said.

Fu­ture pro­duc­tion with In­dian part­ners will in­volve max­i­miz­ing in­dige­nous con­tent and pro­duc­ing the F/A-18 in In­dia for its armed forces to cre­ate a 21st cen­tury aero­space ecosys­tem. “We are ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties that this part­ner­ship with Boe­ing and HAL will pro­vide us. As one of the largest pri­vate sec­tor de­fence com­pa­nies, we look for­ward to sup­port the mod­ern­iza­tion ef­fort of our armed forces and achieve economies of scale in the aero­space and de­fence sec­tor.” S P Shukla, Group Pres­i­dent, Aero­space and De­fence, Mahin­dra Group, and Chair­man, MDS, said.

The pro­posal is to build an en­tirely new and state-of-the-art pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity that can be utilised for other pro­grammes like In­dia’s Ad­vanced Medium Com­bat Air­craft (AMCA). This part­ner­ship is in­tended to bring Boe­ing, HAL and MDS’ global scale sup­ply chain, their best-in-in­dus­try pre­ci­sion man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, as well as the un­ri­valed ex­pe­ri­ence in de­sign­ing and op­ti­mis­ing aero­space aerospac pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties to ex­pand In­dia’s aero­space ecosys­tem.

T The plan ad­dresses in in­fra­struc­ture, per­son­nel tr train­ing, and op­er­a­tional to tools and tech­niques re­quired to pro­duce a next gen fighter air­craft air in In­dia. In ad­di­tion, Boe Boe­ing will work closely with Ind In­dian in­dus­tries to en­sure they have the very lat­est tech­nolo­gies by ap­ply­ing lessons learned from the cur­rent Su­per Hor­net pro­duc­tion line.

As the most ad­vanced and least ex­pen­sive air­craft per flight hour of its kind, the F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net will de­liver to In­dia’s need for a car­rier and land-based multi-role fighter. The Su­per Hor­net does not only have a low ac­qui­si­tion cost, but it costs less per flight hour to op­er­ate than any other tac­ti­cal air­craft in the US forces in­ven­tory. And with a plan for con­stant in­no­va­tion, the F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net will out­pace threats, bol­ster de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties and make In­dia stronger for decades to come.

The F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net has a long life ahead, with the US Navy mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in the lat­est evo­lu­tion, the Block III. Key fea­tures of the US Navy Block III Su­per Hor­net in­clude en­hanced net­work ca­pa­bil­ity, longer range and low-drag with con­for­mal fuel tanks, long-range de­tec­tion with in­frared search and track, en­hanced sit­u­a­tional aware­ness with a new ad­vanced cock­pit sys­tem, im­proved sig­na­ture re­duc­tion and a 9,000 plus hour life.

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