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Boeing, Tata to make fuselage of Apache copter near Hyderabad

Boeing, Tata to make fuselage of Apache copter near Hyderabad
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Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) have joined hands to set up a facility in Hyderabad to co-produce Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter fuselages and other aero structures. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday laid the foundation stone of Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) at the aerospace SEZ at Adibatla on the outskirts of Hyderabad.     

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Hyderabad: Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) have joined hands to set up a facility in Hyderabad to co-produce Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter fuselages and other aero structures. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday laid the foundation stone of Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) at the aerospace SEZ at Adibatla on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

The facility will also deal in integrated systems in aerospace and will eventually be the sole producer of AH-64 fuselage globally. The AH-64 Apache is the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and used by the US forces as well as many other countries. The Indian Air Force is to purchase 22 machines.

Speaking on the occasion, Parrikar said that Narendra Modi-led NDA government has allowed foreign direct investment (FD) in defence equipment manufacturing. "Tata-Boeing Aerospace unit is part of reforms NDA government has taken for strengthening defence sector. This unit will be a big push for 'Make in India' programme,” he said.

TASL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, is already on contract to manufacture aero-structures for Boeing's CH-47 heavy-lift Chinook and AH-6 light attack helicopters. Parrikar noted that Boeing had kept its word 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.

Boeing and Tata had last year announced a joint venture for manufacturing aero-structures and collaboration on integrated systems development opportunities in India. This joint venture will create a manufacturing centre of excellence to produce aero-structures for the AH-64 Apache and provide affordable manufacturing capabilities to the global aerospace industry.

Dave Koopersmith, Boeing's Vice-President, Vertical Lift, said Indian industry was providing critical support to Boeing commercial and defence programmes.

The company recently partnered with universities and scientific institutions across India which would not only enhance aerospace and defence development capabilities but to create engineering talent, he said. Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar said the company had doubled its procurement from India since last year to almost Rs 10 crore per day and planned to continue doing this.

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