Boeing: Committed to Supporting Indian Aerospace and Defence

Issue: Aero India 2021 Special By SP’s CorrespondentPhoto(s): By Boeing
(Left to right): Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India, Vice President, Boeing International; Surendra Ahuja, Managing Director, Boeing Defence India; Michael Koch, Vice President, Boeing Defence, Space & Security, India; Ankur Kanaglekar, Director, India Fighters Lead, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

With over seven decades of presence in India, Boeing has supported the development of indigenous aerospace and defence capabilities in the country. Through the years, Boeing has invested in partnerships with players in the Indian aerospace ecosystem in diverse areas including skilling, research & technology, and manufacturing.

Strengthening partnerships for Make in India

Boeing has been steadily increasing its sourcing from India for its global manufacturing and supply chain.

  • Sourcing from India stands at $1 billion a year from more than 250 suppliers that are manufacturing critical systems and components for some of Boeing’s most advanced products. Its investments in India are creating jobs and bolstering India’s manufacturing sector.
  • Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited in Hyderabad – Boeing’s joint venture with Tata Advanced Systems Limited, is manufacturing Apache fuselages for customers around the globe
  • Dynamatic Technologies manufactures the ramp and complex aft pylon for Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Rossell Techsys manufactures wire harness and electrical panel for the AH-64 Apache, and the harness for almost all BDS platforms including V-22 Osprey
  • SASMOS HET Technologies manufactures electrical panel assemblies for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-15 Strike Eagle
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) manufactures F/A-18 gun bay doors

Boeing continues to grow a globally competitive supplier base in India, with strong partnerships that are aligned with the government’s vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India).

BIRDS Hub

As part of the shaping and strengthening the services strategy for the country, Boeing has launched the Boeing India Repair Development and Sustainment (BIRDS) Hub. BIRDS Hub is an initiative to bring together ecosystem partners to shape India as a strategic destination for aerospace engineering, maintenance, repair and sustainment services.

Naval Fighters

At a Boeing India news conference held in New Delhi, Boeing discussed the advantages of the F/A-18 Block III offering for the Indian Navy. The Super Hornet’s unique differentiators for the Indian Navy include its two-seater carrier-compatibility capability which provides operational flexibility, and opportunities to integrate future technologies related to manned-unmanned interface from aircraft carriers. The F/A-18 Super Hornet recently successfully concluded ski-jump tests at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, demonstrating its compatibility with Indian Navy carriers.

Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets Block III have been proposed for the Indian Navy

Mission-readiness and modernisation of Indian Navy

Boeing plays an important role in the mission readiness and modernisation of Indian Navy.

  • India has 9 P-8Is with 3 more on order.
  • When we talk about Boeing and India, we are talking about several firsts.
    • India is the largest and first international customer for P-8I aircraft.
    • The Harpoon is the first US weapon integrated on an Indian fighter
  • Boeing is working with the Indian Navy (IN) to provide exceptional operational capability and readiness for the P-8Is through sustainment contracts.
  • India’s P-8I fleet is also supported through Boeing’s services business by providing spares, ground support equipment, and field service representative support. Boeing’s integrated logistics support has enabled the highest state of fleet readiness at the lowest possible costs.
  • Since induction, the Indian Navy P-8I fleet has surpassed 29,000 flight hours.
  • Boeing’s training and support package for the P-8I promises to increase proficiency in a shorter time, while reducing the on-aircraft training time resulting in increased aircraft availability for mission tasking. A 60,000 sq. ft. Training Support and Data Handling Centre is being set up at INS Rajali, Arakkonam (the base for P8I fleet), with a secondary centre at Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT), Kochi.