Hyderabad: Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL), a joint venture between the Indian Tata Group and American Boeing Co., today announced the delivery of the 100th fuselage for the AH-64 Apache combat helicopter to Boeing from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility here.
“The fuselage will be transported to Boeing’s AH-64 Apache manufacturing facility in Mesa, AZ, (Arizona, United States), for integration into the final assembly line,” a statement from the joint venture company said.
Telangana Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Industries and Commerce, and Information Technology K. T. Rama Rao and senior officials from Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) were present to mark the delivery milestone.
“This is a proud moment for Telangana, and a noteworthy step in the growth of India’s aerospace and defence manufacturing. Our government is committed to providing all support necessary to make the state a preferred destination for global aviation and defence manufacturers. I congratulate Boeing and Tata for this milestone,” said Rama Rao, on the occasion.
“Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited is an example of Boeing’s commitment towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat‘ (Self-Reliant India) and the co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defence not just for India, but for the world,” Boeing India president Salil Gupte said.
“We have quadrupled our sourcing from India in the past two years to more than $1 billion. Skilled talent, robust infrastructure, ease of doing business, and a highly responsive government administration –make Telangana an ideal destination for the high-end manufacturing work that the aerospace and defence industry demands.”
“The achievement of 100th fuselage delivery for AH-64 within three years of the facility being operational reflects our strong ability to industrialize and ramp up complex aerospace programs and deliver with highest levels of quality,” TASL managing director and chief executive officer Sukaran Singh said.
“This accomplishment places the Telangana facility as part of the global supply chain for Apache helicopters. Further, it underlines our indigenous manufacturing capability to produce cutting-edge technology and quality defence equipment in the country, and promote the Indian aerospace and defence manufacturing ecosystem, globally.”
Tata Boeing Aerospace is Boeing’s first equity joint venture in India and is the result of a 2015 partnership agreement with TASL. Spread over 14,000 square metres, the state-of-the-art facility has been producing aero-structures for Boeing’s AH-64 Apache helicopter, including fuselages, secondary structures and vertical spar boxes for customers worldwide.
Recently, Boeing announced the addition of a new production line to manufacture complex vertical fin structures for the 737 family of airplanes. Customers globally operate more than 1,200 Boeing-made Apache helicopters. The helicopter has been fielded or selected for acquisition by the armed forces of 16 countries, including India.