Boeing delivers US navy combat plane fitted with Indian equipment

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 31 2012, 09:20am hrs
The US aircraft major Boeing has delivered an electronic warfare combat plane to the US navy fitted with Indian equipment manufactured by defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

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.