Aequs to supply Chinook helicopter parts

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Bangalore | Published: December 18, 2015 12:29:12 AM

Dutch aircraft systems maker Fokker Technologies, a division of GKN Aerospace, and Aequs of India on Thursday signed a long term agreement (LTA) for the supply of machined components for Boeing’s Chinook helicopter.

Dutch aircraft systems maker Fokker Technologies, a division of GKN Aerospace, and Aequs of India on Thursday signed a long term agreement (LTA) for the supply of machined components for Boeing’s Chinook helicopter.

The signing took place at the Boeing India Supplier Conference in Hyderabad.

With this agreement, Aequs will become the tier-II supplier to Boeing. It will supply parts through Fokker Technologies to Boeing.

Under the agreement, Aequs will manufacture machined detail parts at its facility in Aerospace SEZ near Belagavi and supply them to Fokker. In turn Fokker will assemble large structure at its facility in the Netherlands and supply to Boeing’s facility in Philadelphia, where the final Chinook helicopters will be assembled, Boeing sources said.

Fokker Technologies will build the parts into final sub-assemblies at their facilities in Papendrecht, The Netherlands.

Aequs was selected after a careful process of qualification proving the ability and affordability through trial production, the company said in a statement.

“This agreement between Fokker Technologies and Aequs is significant because it capitalises on India’s industrial capability, innovation and talent to contribute to the country’s long-term competitiveness as a global aerospace leader,” said Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India. “Boeing is rapidly expanding its supplier footprint in the country to reinforce our commitment to ‘Make in India’ and we have doubled our sourcing from India in the last 12 months,” he added.

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