Tata Boeing Aerospace (TBAL), a joint venture between Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems (TASL), inaugurated its state-of-the-art facility in Hyderabad. Spread over 14,000 square metres and employing 350 skilled workers, the facility will be the sole global producer of fuselages for the AH-64 Apache helicopter delivered by Boeing to its customers, including the US Army. The facility will also produce secondary structures and vertical spar boxes for this multi-role combat helicopter. The delivery of the first fuselage is expected in 2018. \u201cThe manufacturing of advanced defence platforms and being integrated with the complex global supply chain will help our aerospace industry acquire technology, build local capability, provide employment and become a global exporter,\u201d defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said after inaugurating the facility. TBAL, Boeing\u2019s first equity joint venture in India, is the result of a 2015 partnership agreement with TASL. Boeing is focused on delivering value to Indian customers with advanced technologies and is committed to creating sustainable value in the Indian aerospace sector \u2014 developing local suppliers, and shaping academic and research collaborations with Indian institutions. Boeing has strengthened its supply chain with over 160 partners in India, and annual sourcing from India stands at $1 billion. \u201cTBAL is just the beginning of Boeing\u2019s future journey of partnership with India,\u201d Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India, said. \u201cTata is a significant player in the global aerospace market focused on leveraging opportunities in global markets and reducing India\u2019s reliance on imports in defence-related requirement, 60% of which is met through imports. With the streamlining of the export regulation process under the Strategy for Defence Exports of the Government of India, and with established capabilities and demonstrated deliveries, we are poised to emerge as a supplier of choice for global OEMs,\u201d Banmali Agrawala, president, infrastructure, defence and aerospace, Tata Sons, said.