Boeing to expand partnership with India

Briefing reporters here, Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar said India had a vibrant commercial and defence aerospace market and Boeing’s collaboration with the country would lead to mutual growth.

India represents an addressable market worth $31 billion for Boeing over the next 10 years.

The company is already offering the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet as a competitor to the 126 Multi & Medium-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) to be inducted into the Indian Air Force, in the coming years.

Apart from the fighter jet, the Boeing roster on offer also includes the C-17 Globemaster III, Apache, Chinook and P-8I. Boeing Defence, Space & Security International Business Development Vice-President Mark Kronenberg said: “As Boeing’s defence business expands internationally, we are investing considerable resources to be successful in our industrial engagement strategies.”

Keeping commitments

He added that they would continue to work with their Indian customers and the industry to meet commitments.

Presently, Boeing is working with Indian manufacturers namely Hindustan Aeronatics Limited (HAL), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Tata Group and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to build several key components, such as the 777 flaperon, F/A-18E/F gun bay door and 787 floor beam.

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