Major assembly of Chinook & Apache in India?

By SP's Special Correspondent


Photo Credit: U.S. Army

October 19, 2015: While aero structures and electrical systems on Boeing's CH-47F Chinook are already sourced in India from a host of private companies, the company has decided to up its 'Make in India' game on the back of the twin Chinook & Apache deals it bagged recently from the Indian Air Force. Boeing chairman W. Jim McNerney has revealed that Boeing Defense is in advanced discussions with the Modi government to undertake major assemblies of the Chinook and Apache in India. Chinook structures and electronics are currently supplied by Indian firms that include Dynamatic Technologies, Rossell Techsys, Tata Advanced Materials Ltd and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. The level of contribution from these four firms could go up, along with more suppliers being added for more parts, both on the Chinook and Apache. Boeing has had a dream run over the last decade in India, supplying C-17s, P-8Is and Harpoon missiles, with the twin chopper deals added to the bag. Offset obligations and the move obtain credits that burnish 'Make in India' credentials mean more private firms will get to be part of an enormous supply chain and supplier base that Boeing has nurtured over decades across the world.