Boeing will feature its range of advanced defence capabilities for India at DefExpo 2022 in Gandhinagar, including the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III, F-15EX, P-8I, AH-64E Apache, and the CH-47F Chinook, the global aerospace company said. DefExpo 2022 will be held from March 10-14.
Boeing will also outline its investments in services infrastructure, building of local capabilities, workforce training and partnerships in India that are aimed at ensuring the Indian armed forces are always mission-ready, and operate their assets at peak condition.
Boeing’s exhibit at Hall 8, U.S. Pavilion, Stall 8R.28 28 with the theme “Digitally Advanced. Simply and Efficiently Produced. Intelligently Supported” will display advanced defence capabilities on offer to the Indian armed forces, highlight partnerships on existing defence programmes with the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, and share details about the strategic investments the company has made in India’s aerospace and defence ecosystem.
“India is at the front and centre of significant opportunities for Boeing with our proven portfolio of products and services, offering unmatched operational capabilities to India’s defence forces across the entire mission spectrum and through their product lifecycle,” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India. “We are confident about the long-term growth potential of India’s defence sector and are committed to supporting and enabling its progress.”
During DefExpo, Boeing will showcase the advanced multi-role capabilities of the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III as the best choice to meet the Indian Navy’s carrier-borne fighter jet requirement.
Visitors will be able to experience virtually, flying the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III on a simulator, and learn more about its ability to conduct a wide range of missions, carrier-based aviation, and superior capabilities.
The company will also be highlighting its portfolio of products and services that can help India meet their current and future requirements for national security, including the F-15EX, P-8I, CH-47F (I) Chinook, AH-64E Apache, KC-46, and growth in training, sustainment, and performance-based logistics solutions.
India already operates 11 C-17s, 22 AH-64 Apaches (with six more on order), 15 CH-47 Chinooks, 12 P-8Is, three VVIP aircraft and two Head of State aircraft. In addition, Boeing is steadily increasing its sourcing from India and expanding its supplier network, its contributions towards Make in India, and investments that aim to fully harness India’s manufacturing capability, talent, innovation and productivity. The company is committed to the Aatmanirbhar Bharat vision, and to bringing the best of Boeing to India and the best of India to the world.
Boeing said it is focused on delivering value to Indian customers with advanced technologies and is committed to creating sustainable value in the Indian aerospace sector – developing local suppliers, and shaping academic and research collaborations with Indian institutions.
Boeing has strengthened its supply chain with more than 275 partners in India and a joint venture to manufacture fuselages for Apache helicopters and vertical fin structures for the 737 family of airplanes.
Annual sourcing from India stands at approximately $1 billion. Boeing currently employs 3,500 people in India, and more than 7,000 people work with its supply chain partners.