US aerospace major Boeing, which has been interested in setting up a manufacturing base in India, on Wednesday signed a framework agreement with Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) to collaborate in aerospace and defence manufacturing and potential integrated systems development opportunities, including unmanned aerial vehicles.
The agreement signed by Shelley Lavender, president of Boeing Military Aircraft, and Sukaran Singh, managing director and chief executive officer of TASL, signals an intent to access markets jointly for products and platforms developed together by the companies.
TASL has an existing contract to manufacture aerostructures for Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook and AH-6i helicopters. “It is noteworthy that TASL will produce Chinook helicopter parts in India even before the procurement contract is signed with the Indian government,” said Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India.
“This agreement with TASL is significant because it demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to expanding its aerospace manufacturing footprint in India,” Lavender said.
“As we step into our 100th year in business, a new aerospace partnership with India is the perfect milestone to accelerate the momentum we have generated for making in India,” added Kumar.
“This framework agreement is the result of the world-class competencies of TASL as well as the vendor ecosystem it has helped establish in India. It gives us an opportunity to explore the massive potential in India for aerospace manufacturing and make the investments required to grow the industry,” said S Ramadorai, chairman of TASL. “Boeing’s platforms require complex manufacturing processes within a competitive cost structure and we are confident that the partnership will be able to deliver high-quality aerostructures out of India.”
Other Tata group companies — Tata Advanced Materials (TAML) and TAL Manufacturing Solutions (TAL) — are also supplying important components to Boeing. TAML has delivered 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 is manufacturing complex floor beams out of composite materials for the Boeing 787-9, a modern aircraft with exceptional environmental and fuel efficiency capabilities. TAL has provided ground support equipment for the C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter.
Seattle-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defence, space and security systems.