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Boeing Has Been Working With Indian Suppliers For Over A Decade To Help Meet Indian Government’s Objectives to Build Indigenous Aerospace and Defence Capabilities
Vice President, Boeing Defence, Space & Security India, Dennis Swanson

Dennis Swanson The negotiations are on for a while for Chinook heavy lift helicopters and Apache attack helicopter programmes. What is the cause for this delay? When do you expect the deal to be signed?
Boeing is working closely with the Indian government to respond to any information they require on both programmes and we hope to have signed contracts in the near term.

Boeing has offered India the AH-64E, the newest member of the combat-proven Apache family. The Apache is the most capable multi-role combat helicopter, combining performance and lethality with more affordable and efficient maintenance.

The tandem rotor H-47 Chinook is the most capable, advanced heavy lift helicopter in the world, providing maximum value at the lowest risk.

Apache programme is partly FMS and partly DCS. Could you specify which components are being acquired through the FMS route?
The FMS contract for the Apache includes munitions, training, aircraft certification, and components including engines, EO sensors and the radar. The direct commercial sale portion of the contract primarily consists of the aircraft (less engines/ sensors), logistic support, spares and services.

How will you meet the offset requirements for these helicopter programmes?
India’s offset requirement is 30 per cent of the value of a defence procurement, which can be fulfilled in multiple ways, including work placed on other platforms. Boeing has an unmatched reputation for delivering world-class industrial partnership programmes. Boeing is committed to delivering Apache and Chinook offset programmes that are in line with India’s DPP and that meet the Indian government’s goals to strengthen indigenous aerospace and defence capabilities, enhance its self-reliance and national security, and position Indian industry for growth in the global market.

The year 2014 has been great for Boeing with P-8I and C-17 deliveries to the Indian Navy and the IAF respectively. How do you foresee 2015 in terms of deliveries?
The IAF has 10 C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifters in its fleet which Boeing delivered on schedule in 2013 and 2014. With the 10 deliveries, Boeing has met its commitment of completing the contract signed in June 2011, making India the largest international operator of the C-17. Boeing has also delivered six P-8I maritime surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft to the Indian Navy in 2013 and 2014, with two aircraft scheduled to be delivered this year.

It is very important to us that that our customers receive their military aircraft on schedule and deploy them successfully on missions. Our commitment to supporting and servicing the fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy has resulted in high mission capable rates for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter and P-8I maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft — enabling the fleet to be ready for military, surveillance and humanitarian relief missions.

The IAF’s C-17 aircraft and the Indian Navy’s P-8I aircraft have demonstrated an excellent record in supporting the missions they have been deployed for, and our customers have expressed satisfaction about the operational readiness of both aircraft.

Did the Indian forces opt for the additional C-17 and P-8I aircrafts?
There is interest to order additional C-17s and P-8Is and we are in discussions with our customers on both.

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