Aerospace company and manufacturer Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons focused on providing integrated solutions for aerospace, defense and homeland security, announced delivery of the first crown and tailcone assembly for the Indian configuration of the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.
Manufactured by Tata Advanced Systems Limited in Hyderabad, the parts will be delivered to Boeing for final assembly of the 15 helicopters scheduled for delivery to the Indian Air Force.
In 2015, India’s Ministry of Defense finalized an order with Boeing for the production, training and support of 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters to enhance India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019.
“This delivery is another significant step in our journey to increase defense capability and manufacturing capacity out of India with our strategic partners,” said Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar, in a release statement. “Tata Advanced Systems has demonstrated its ability to deliver high-quality components to the CH-47 Chinook program on schedule, which in turn helps Boeing meet commitments to our customers. We are clearly invested in leveraging the full potential of capability that exists in India to continue delivering greater value for less cost to our U.S. and international customers.”
Sukaran Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, TASL, added, “We are proud to deliver the first crown and tailcone assembly for CH-47F Chinook helicopter. Undertaking the responsibility of complete manufacture and assembly for Boeing gives us an excellent opportunity to display our capability of development and assembly projects in high technology areas to global quality standards. Our endeavor is to significantly contribute to the Indian defense industry and demonstrate our commitment to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.”
Tata Advanced Systems is already delivering crown and tailcones for CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the U.S. Army and international customers, according to a release from the companies. The CH-47F Chinook is the advanced multi-mission helicopter that is being operated by the U.S. Army and 18 other defense forces around the world.
According to Boeing, the company supports the "Make in India" initiative through accelerated investments in manufacturing, skill development and engineering to build a strong and indigenous aerospace and defense ecosystem.