Company Now Focused on Training & Simulation Issues
With final deliveries against the requirements for 22 AH-64E APACHEs in June and 15 CH-47F(I) CHINOOKs in March, Boeing has now completed its programmed helicopter deliveries to the Indian Air Force (IAF), the company announced on 10 July.
“Customer-centricity, commitment to the modernization and mission-readiness of India’s defence forces are key values to our partnership with India,” said Surendra Ahuja, Managing Director, Boeing Defence India. “With this delivery of military helicopters, we continue to nurture this partnership and are fully committed to working closely with India’s defence forces to deliver the right value and capabilities to meet their operational needs.”
One of 17 nations to select the APACHE, India has the most advanced variant, the AH-64E, also flown by the US and many other countries. The AH-64E is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture, including the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems. It has an improved Modernized Target Acquisition Designation System that provides day, night and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capability. In addition to classifying air and ground targets, the fire control radar has been updated to operate in the maritime environment. It is uniquely suited to meet a commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations and lethal attack, across multiple environments – without reconfiguration.
Twenty defence forces around the world have CHINOOKs in service, or are on contract to receive them. The iconic tandem-rotor helicopter has been the world’s most reliable and efficient heavy-lift helicopter for more than 50 years, allowing customers to operate in hot, high and crosswind conditions that typically keep other helicopters from flying. The CH-47F(I) CHINOOK contains a modern machined airframe, a common avionics architecture system (CAAS) cockpit and a digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS). These innovations and technologies will help the IAF meet evolving mission demands, maximize interoperability and reduce lifecycle costs.
The Indian MoD finalized its order with Boeing for production, training and support of the helicopters in September 2015. Earlier this year, India and the US signed a contract for the acquisition of six APACHEs for the Indian Army during President Trump’s visit to New Delhi.
Boeing’s joint venture in Hyderabad, Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL), has been producing aero-structures for the APACHE helicopter for both US Army and international customers. TBAL marks a major step towards co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defence in India. Boeing’s suppliers in India are manufacturing critical systems and components for the CHINOOKs, including the crown and tailcone assembly by Tata Advanced Systems and the ramp and aft pylon by Dynamatic Technologies. Boeing today works with over 200 suppliers and partners in the country in support of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ initiatives.
Boeing Defence India provides holistic lifecycle solutions for government and defence customers in the country. Boeing delivers services that ensure high availability and mission-readiness of platforms to its defence customers at competitive costs through its investments in services infrastructure and building local capabilities and partnerships. With the induction of the APACHEs and CHINOOKs, Boeing anticipates additional opportunities in rotorcraft training and sustainment.