Boeing will showcase a range of advanced aerospace and defense products and services and highlight its commitment to “Make in India,” “Skill India,” and “Startup India” at the ninth edition of Defexpo India 2016, held March 28-31 in Goa.
Boeing will showcase advanced capabilities in multirole fighter aircraft, attack and heavy lift helicopters, transport aircraft, maritime reconnaissance aircraft, weapons and unmanned systems that are best suited to boost the mission-readiness and modernization of the Indian armed forces.
The main focus of Boeing’s participation will be on collaborative achievements that are putting India on a new trajectory of manufacturing advanced and complex aerospace parts and components.
“Boeing is accelerating its manufacturing and engineering footprint in India and concurrently encouraging the development of an indigenous aerospace and defense ecosystem by working closely with partners,” said Pratyush Kumar, president Boeing India. “Our industrial partnership program is focused on capitalizing on India’s competencies to build a supply-chain capability that is globally competitive. This will support our aerospace and defense programs across the Boeing enterprise.”
Boeing’s sourcing from India has doubled since ‘Make in India’ was launched in September 2014 and now stands at more than half a billion dollars a year. By 2020, Boeing expects that sourcing will increase by four times the 2014 level.
Boeing is committed to developing the Indian aerospace sector by developing suppliers and incorporating them into the global aerospace supply chain, sourcing from India, skilling frontline workers for the aerospace sector and shaping technical collaborations with the Indian research and development ecosystem, including universities and scientific institutions.
Boeing’s Defexpo exhibit will showcase products and services already in use by India’s armed forces as well as future, advanced capabilities for India’s defense modernization and mission readiness requirements. The exhibit will include large-scale models, displays and smart panel content of the CH-47F Chinook, AH-64E Apache, MV-22 Osprey, P-8, C-17 Globemaster III, ScanEagle unmanned airborne system and Harpoon missile system. In addition, there will be demonstrations of the Central Maintenance Computer and Virtual Maintenance Trainer to highlight services and support offerings.
“Boeing is delivering state-of-the-art, reliable and mission-ready products and services to the Indian armed forces to support their fleet of C-17 strategic airlifters, P-8I aircraft and Harpoon missiles,” said Dennis Swanson, vice president, Defense, Space & Security in India. “Defexpo will give us an opportunity to understand our customers’ future requirements and explore opportunities with industry on how to develop the Indian aerospace sector by bringing the best of India to Boeing, and the best of Boeing to India.”
Boeing and India have a strategic partnership that dates back 75 years. Boeing’s military aircraft are playing an important role in the modernization and mission-readiness of India’s defense forces while its commercial airplanes provide the mainstay of India’s civil aviation sector. Boeing is focused on delivering value to its Indian customers with its advanced technologies and performance driven aircraft underscored by life-cycle support services.