The Boeing-made EA-18G Growlera variant of the F-18 fighter aircraftwas delivered to the US Navy with a BEL-produced cockpit sub-assembly which provides cockpit floodlighting compatible with the aircrafts night vision imaging system (NVIS), the company said in a release.
The contract to BEL in this regard was awarded by Boeing in March 2011 for working on sub assemblies of F/A-18 Super Hornet cockpit.
That contract included options to renew annually for up to four years. As a result of BELs demonstrated performance, Boeing recently exercised an option to renew the contract for another year, the release said.
Commenting on the development, Boeing India vice-president Dennis Swanson said, BELs work on P-8I, Super Hornets and Growlers is another example of how Indian companies are becoming a part of the global supply chain while Boeing helps them expand their opportunities across the global aerospace industry.
BEL has produced other parts also for the EA-18 Growler which include a complex-machined towage panel for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System connector cable and an avionics cooling system fan test switch panel with an NVIS-compatible floodlight assembly. BEL has also provided Identification Friend or Foe interrogators and communications systems for the Indian Navys fleet of P-8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft.