The TATA Boeing Aerospace Systems (TBAL) will soon start producing fuselages for Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter and other aerostructures from a new facility in Hyderabad.
TBAL is a joint venture of Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems. It is being seen as a major boost to the ‘Make in India’ plan of the Modi Government given the fact that this will make India a leading exporter in aerospace and defence sector.
On Saturday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar laid the foundation stone of the facility at the aerospace Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Adibatla on the city outskirts.
The facility will also pursue integrated systems in aerospace.
What is significant is that this facility will become the sole producer of the fuselage of Apache in the world.
The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced assault helicopter. It is extensively used by US armed forces as well as 15 other countries.
India will soon have 22 Apaches as part of a $3 billion deal in 2015.
Speaking on the occasion, Parrikar said that the JV is Boeing’s fulfilling its promise to him at the concluding of the Apache and Chinook deals last year.
“They had promised that this particular facility will be located in India and they will be shifting it from the place where they have the facility,” he said.
The facility will manufacture aerostructures for Boeing’s CH-47 heavy-lift Chinook and AH-6 light attack helicopters.
Dave Koopersmith, Boeing’s Vice President, Vertical Lift, said that his company has partnered with Indian universities and scientific institutions to both enhance aerospace and defence development capabilities and create engineering talent.