July 15, 2015

Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems announce strategic aerospace partnership to make in India

To co-produce aerostructures and collaborate on integrated systems development opportunities, including unmanned aerial vehicles

From left: Dennis Swanson, vice president, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, India; Shelley Lavender, president, Boeing Military Aircraft; Sukaran Singh, managing director and chief executive officer, Tata Advanced Systems, and Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India, at the signing ceremony in Hyderabad on July 15
HYDERABAD:  Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) today signed a framework agreement to collaborate in aerospace and defence manufacturing and potential integrated systems development opportunities, including unmanned aerial vehicles.  The companies intend to access markets jointly for products and platforms developed together by Boeing and TASL.

The agreement was signed by Shelley Lavender, president of Boeing Military Aircraft, and Sukaran Singh, managing director and chief executive officer of TASL.

TASL is already on contract to manufacture aerostructures for Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook and AH-6i helicopters.

“This agreement with TASL is significant because it demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to expanding its aerospace manufacturing footprint in India,” Lavender said.

“As we step into our 100th year in business, a new aerospace partnership with India is the perfect milestone to accelerate the momentum we have generated for making in India,” said Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India. “It is noteworthy that TASL will produce Chinook helicopter parts in India even before the procurement contract is signed with the Indian government.”

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“This framework agreement is the result of the world-class competencies of TASL as well as the vendor eco-system it has helped establish in India. It gives us an opportunity to explore the massive potential in India for aerospace manufacturing and make the investments required to grow the industry,” said S Ramadorai, chairman, TASL. “Boeing’s platforms require complex manufacturing processes within a competitive cost structure and we are confident that the partnership will be able to deliver high quality aerostructures out of India.”

Other Tata group companies – Tata Advanced Materials (TAML) and TAL Manufacturing Solutions (TAL) – are also supplying important components to Boeing. TAML has delivered power and mission equipment cabinets and auxiliary power unit door fairings for the P-8I long range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.  TAL is manufacturing complex floor beams out of composite materials for the Boeing 787-9, a modern aircraft with exceptional environmental and fuel efficient capabilities. TAL has provided ground support equipment for the C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter.