Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) announced the delivery of the first crown and tailcone assembly for the Indian configuration of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter. Manufactured by TASL in Hyderabad, the parts will be delivered to Boeing for final assembly of the 15 helicopters on delivery to the Indian Air Force. The CH-47F Chinook is the advanced multi-mission helicopter which is being operated by the US Army and 18 other defense forces around the world. “This delivery is another significant step in our journey to increase defense capability and manufacturing capacity out of India with our strategic partners,” Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India said in a statement. The ministry of defense has finalised an order with Boeing in 2015 for the production, training and support of 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to enhance India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions. Deliveries will begin in 2019. TASL is already delivering crown and tailcones for CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the US Army and international customers.
Boeing’s network in India includes 35 direct and 120 indirect suppliers from India that manufacture advanced and complex components and sub-assemblies for a range of various commercial and defense aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner, 777X, F/A-18, F-15, P-8, CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache.
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TASL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, focused on providing integrated solutions for aerospace, defence and homeland security.