Tata Boeing Aerospace delivers first AH-64 Apache combat helicopter fuselage
Bangalore, India, June 1, 2018 - Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited, today announced the delivery of the first AH-64 Apache combat helicopter fuselage ahead of schedule from its state-of-the-art facility in Hyderabad. The fuselage will now be transported to Boeing’s AH-64 Apache manufacturing facility in Mesa, AZ, for integration into the final assembly line. This delivery comes within a year of the aerospace joint venture facility becoming operational.
The facility, which is spread over 14,000-square metersand will be employing 350 highly skilled workers at full production, wasinaugurated by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Honourable Minister of Defence,Government of India, in March this year. The facility will be the sole globalproducer of fuselages for AH-64 Apache helicopter delivered by Boeing to itsglobal customers including the U.S. Army. The facility will also producesecondary structures and vertical spar boxes for the multi-role combathelicopter.
“This is a major step forward in Boeing and Tata AdvancedSystems’ continued commitment to make advanced, high quality aerostructures inIndia,” said Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India. “Ourinvestments in technology, capability and skilling are clearly paying off asevident from the quality and speed at which this delivery milestone has beenachieved. As we accelerate our efforts, we see this as a major step towardsfuture opportunities to pursue the co-development of integrated systems inaerospace and defence.”
Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and ChiefExecutive Officer, Tata Advanced Systems, said,“The timely delivery of the AH–64 Apache helicopter fuselage marks a milestonein our collaborative journey with Boeing. Our partnership reflects a continuedcommitment to develop aerospace and defence manufacturing ecosystem inIndia. The delivery of the fuselage within a year of the facility beingoperational is a huge boost to indigenous manufacturing and also demonstratesour commitment to deliver high quality products within a short span of time.”
Tata Boeing Aerospace, Boeing’s first equity jointventure in India, is the result of a 2015 partnership agreement with TASL.Construction of the manufacturing facility began in 2016 and was completed onschedule a year later. In addition, Boeing and TASL have worked closely todevelop a pool of highly skilled aerospace talent through skill developmentinitiatives.
Today, customers around the world operate more than2,300 Boeing-made Apache helicopters since the aircraft entered production. Thehelicopter has been fielded or selected for acquisition by the armed forces of16 countries, including India. The United States Army Apache fleet alone hasaccumulated more than 4.3 million flight hours, including more than 1.2 millionin combat, as of January 2018.