'We see tremendous potential for tiltrotor technology in assault, cargo and search-and-rescue operations, offering capabilities to respond effectively to the security situations that India has faced in the past'
Vice president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security in India, Dennis Swanson

Dennis Swanson What are the updates on Apache and Chinook contracts?
India’s ministry of defence (MoD) finalised its order with Boeing for the production, training and support of Apache and Chinook helicopters in September 2015. The helicopters will greatly enhance India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions. India will receive 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Both are the newest models of those aircraft.

The Apache is the world’s leading multi-role attack helicopter. The AH-64E Apache, the most modern variant also flown by the US Army, features enhanced performance, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.

The CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter operated by the US Army and 18 other defence forces. The Chinook has proven its ability to operate in the range of conditions that typify the Indian subcontinent, including delivering heavy payloads to high altitudes. India is the 14th nation to select the Apache and the 19th nation to select the Chinook.

The Apache and Chinook represent the best of high-performing technologies that will modernise India’s defence capabilities. These new aircraft will provide world-class capabilities to meet the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) missions today, tomorrow and well into the future. We look forward to delivering the newest Apache and Chinook to our customers and remain focused on delivering on its commitments to the IAF and India’s MoD.

Do you have plans to assemble these military helicopters in India? If so, please provide details.
As a global company, Boeing is constantly assessing international capabilities that can enhance Boeing’s supply chain that would help deliver world-class products and services to customers. That includes partners in India, who already manufacture components for both commercial and defence platforms.

In 2013, Boeing expanded work with Dynamatics Technologies Limited for the production of aerospace components for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Dynamatics inaugurated a plant soon after the launch of the ‘Make in India’ initiative for the manufacture of ramp and pylon parts for the Chinook.

Late last year, Boeing signed a joint venture with Tata Advanced Systems limited (TASL) for the creation of a centre of excellence to produce aero structures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter and compete for additional manufacturing work packages.

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