Brief­ings from the De­fexpo Boe­ing's fo­cus on In­dia

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Pro­vid­ing ser­vices and sup­port ca­pa­bil­i­ties in keep­ing with mod­erni­sa­tion needs of the In­dian Armed Forces” is Boe­ing’s pri­mary fo­cus in In­dia and the com­pany is work­ing with the In­dian Air Force and In­dian Navy to pro­vide train­ing and sup­port of Boe­ing plat­forms such as the P-8I, C-17 and Boe­ing Busi­ness Jets.

In 2017, Boe­ing an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of Boe­ing De­fence In­dia (BDI), a lo­cal op­er­at­ing en­tity to drive the com­pany’s fu­ture growth objectives in In­dia

“by be­ing re­spon­sive to cus­tomer needs and grow­ing in­dige­nous engi­neers, sourc­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and life­cy­cle man­age­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

BDI is the lo­cal ser­vices de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle of Boe­ing Global Ser­vices, the new ded­i­cated ser­vices busi­ness es­tab­lished in June 2017 and which in­te­grates ser­vice ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its com­mer­cial, de­fence and space sec­tors into a sin­gle busi­ness to pro­vide aerospace ser­vices to cus­tomers world­wide, re­gard­less of plat­form man­u­fac­turer.

Global Ser­vices has four ca­pa­bil­ity fo­cus ar­eas to make plat­forms more pro­duc­tive and re­duces op­er­at­ing costs, which in­clude sup­ply chain; en­gi­neer­ing, mod­i­fi­ca­tions and main­te­nance; dig­i­tal avi­a­tion and an­a­lyt­ics; and train­ing and pro­fes­sional ser­vices.

Boe­ing has been work­ing with the In­dian Navy and In­dian Air Force on mis­sion re­quire­ments of the P-8I mar­itime re­con­nais­sance and anti-sub­ma­rine air­craft and the C-17 Globe­mas­ter III strate­gic air­lifter. Boe­ing is also work­ing to en­sure that crews are trained and ready to op­er­ate the soon-to-be-de­liv­ered AH-64 Apache and the CH-47 Chi­nook.

As Pratyush Kumar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia said, “Boe­ing re­mains fo­cused on ex­e­cut­ing on com­mit­ments to cus­tomers on sched­ule and cost. The In­dian Navy and In­dian Air Force can be as­sured of achiev­ing ex­cep­tional op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity and readi­ness of their P-8I and C-17 fleet.”

The P-8 and C-17 have demon­strated an ex­cel­lent record in sup­port­ing the mis­sions

they have been de­ployed for and the forces have ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion about their op­er­a­tional readi­ness. Both air­craft were at the fore­front of res­cue and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid ef­forts fol­low­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters that af­fected Bihar, Jammu and Kash­mir and Odisha states. The C-17 was de­ployed to evac­u­ate peo­ple and de­liver re­lief sup­plies. The P- 8I has been used ex­ten­sively in mar­itime re­con­nais­sance mis­sions by the In­dian Navy, in­clud­ing per­form­ing ae­rial re­con­nais­sance and gath­er­ing data for planning re­lief ef­forts dur­ing Cy­clone Hud­hud.

P-8I: en­hanc­ing IN’s Long Range Mar­itime Re­con­nais­sance and An­ti­Sub­ma­rine ca­pa­bil­ity

In June last year, Boe­ing re­ceived a three­year con­tract to sup­port the In­dian Navy’s P-8I long range mar­itime sur­veil­lance and anti-sub­ma­rine air­craft fleet “to achieve en­hanced op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity and readi­ness.” The con­tract came as In­dia’s P-8I fleet sur­passed 11,000 flight hours last year, a mile­stone for which the squadron op­er­at­ing the air­craft re­ceived a ci­ta­tion from Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff for the In­dian Navy.

Since its in­duc­tion in the In­dian Navy, Boe­ing has been sup­port­ing the P-8I fleet to en­sure high rates of mis­sion readi­ness. The In­dian Navy has suc­cess­fully used the P-8I on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions for SAR mis­sions dur­ing Cy­clone Ockhi, mar­itime pa­trol mis­sions dur­ing the re­cent Mal­dives crises and multi-na­tion ex­er­cises such as Mal­abar. “The sup­port con­tract con­tin­ues the ser­vice Boe­ing pro­vides un­der the pro­gramme’s cur­rent ini­tial pro­duc­tion con­tract. This con­tract will sub­stan­tially bol­ster Boe­ing’s per­for­mance-based sup­port to the In­dian Navy and should main­tain or in­crease the op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity of the eight air­craft fleet.”

In ad­di­tion to ini­tial P-8I train­ing for In­dian Navy pi­lots, mis­sion sys­tem op­er­a­tors and main­te­nance tech­ni­cians, Boe­ing and the In­dian Navy are also in discussions for a train­ing so­lu­tion to sup­port P-8I crews. Ded­i­cated sup­port will be pro­vided to main­tain the sim­u­la­tors and course­ware, en­sur­ing max­i­mum avail­abil­ity. “The in­dige­nous, ground-based train­ing sys­tem for the P-8I will al­low In­dian Navy crews to in­crease pro­fi­ciency in a shorter time, with­out us­ing fi­nite fa­tigue life or putting the air­craft at risk dur­ing a train­ing sce­nario.”

“Boe­ing has a proven per­for­mance record of pro­vid­ing train­ing so­lu­tions for naval cus­tomers that en­able them to max­imise op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The over­ar­ch­ing goal for the P- 8I Train­ing So­lu­tion is to al­low crews to achieve re­al­world pro­fi­ciency with­out con­sum­ing valu­able air­frame life or im­pact­ing air­craft mis­sion avail­abil­ity,” stated Howard Berry di­rec­tor, Global Sales and Mar­ket­ing, In­ter­na­tional Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices for Global Ser­vices.

The In­dian Navy op­er­ates eight P-8I long-range mar­itime re­con­nais­sance and anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare air­craft at INS Ra­jali. Boe­ing is also con­tracted to de­liver four ad­di­tional P-8I air­craft to the In­dian Navy with de­liv­er­ies to com­mence in 2020.

C-17 Globe­mas­ter III for strate­gic air­lift mis­sions

In 2017, the In­dian Air Force’s No. 81 Squadron with the C-17 Globe­mas­ter III fleet achieved over 12,000 flight hours since in­duc­tion in 2013. As a vi­tal part of the In­dian Air Force strate­gic air­lift ca­pa­bil­ity, Boe­ing and Air Force teams work to­gether to en­sure the mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft is al­ways ready to suc­cess­fully con­duct re­lief and hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The In­dian Air Force presently op­er­ates ten C-17 strate­gic air­lifters that Boe­ing de­liv­ered in 2013 and 2014. Boe­ing works with the In­dian Air Force to pro­vide train­ing, sus­tain­ment ser­vices and mod­erni­sa­tion of its C-17s through the C-17 Globe­mas­ter III In­te­grated Sus­tain­ment Pro­gramme ( GISP) con­tract. “This has re­sulted in un­prece­dented lev­els of mis­sion ca­pa­ble rates that en­able the IAF to use the air­craft for the mis­sions they want.”

The C- 17 have been used for hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions dur­ing Cy­clone Hud­hud and flood op­er­a­tions in Bihar and Jammu and Kash­mir when the C-17s air­lifted peo­ple from the af­fected ar­eas and en­sured the de­liv­ery of vi­tal aid and as­sis­tance.

The high mis­sion readi­ness rates are a re­sult of Boe­ing’s C-17 GISP, vir­tual fleet ar­range­ment, which en­sures mis­sion readi­ness by pro­vid­ing all C-17 cus­tomers ac­cess to an ex­ten­sive sup­port net­work for world­wide parts avail­abil­ity and economies of scale. “This makes the C- 17 more af­ford­able to own and op­er­ate. The C-17 GISP is a sys­tem-level part­ner­ship, where the cus­tomer pays for readi­ness, rather than spe­cific parts or ser­vices.”

Ini­tial qual­i­fi­ca­tion train­ing of In­dian Air Force C-17 crews was con­ducted by the US Air Force at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina. In ad­di­tion, the C-17 Sim­u­la­tor Train­ing Cen­tre, es­tab­lished by Boe­ing and Mahin­dra De­fence Sys­tems to pro­vide train­ing ser­vices to the In­dian Air Force, com­pleted over 1700 hours of train­ing for air­crews and load­mas­ters that op­er­ate the C-17 Globe­mas­ter III in July 2017. The Cen­tre has main­tained a ser­vice­abil­ity state of 100 per­cent.

File photo of the AH-64D Apache he­li­copter

IAF’s C-17 Globe­mas­ter III strate­gic air­lifter

In­dian Navy’s P-8I mar­itime re­con­nais­sance and anti-sub­ma­rine air­craft

The CH-47F Chi­nook: soon in In­dian colours

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