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Boeing in India

Over 70 years ago, Tata Airlines flew the DC-3 aircraft in India. Since then,with the 747, 777, 737 and the game-changing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing has been the mainstay of India’s civil aviation sector with airlines such as Air India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet.

Boeing’s relationship with India on the defense side also go back to the the 1940’s, when the Indian Air Force flew the T-6 Texan or Harvard Advanced Trainer made by North American Aviation, and the C-47 Skytrain Military Transport, a military variant of the DC-3, made by McDonnell Douglas.

In 2013, with the arrival of aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter and P-8I maritime surveillance and antisubmarine aircraft, Boeing started to play an important role in the mission readiness and modernization of India’s armed forces.

Headquartered in Delhi, Boeing’s India operations include a corporate office in Delhi, the Boeing Research & Technology center in Bangalore, and field service offices in Mumbai and Delhi. Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen, a provider of flight navigation solutions, is well established in Hyderabad. Two other Boeing subsidiaries, Narus in Bangalore and Continental DataGraphics in Chennai, are also expanding their footprint in the country.

Boeing, along with its subsidiary companies employs more than 400 employees in the country. Its supplier companies support jobs for many more Boeing dedicated employees in India.

Today, as Boeing’s partnership with India  is expanding to meet the country’s larger aerospace and defense requirements, it is also rapidly building sustainable value and expertise in the Indian aerospace sector.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Air India has been a Boeing Commercial Airplanes customer since 1960, when it acquired its first 707 jetliner. Later in 2006, Air India signed a contract for 68 Boeing jets.

Since September 2012, Air India has been receiving its all-new, superefficient 787 Dreamliners, which offer 20 percent more fuel savings than today’s similarly sized airplanes. The Dreamliner has helped Air India launch new routes to international destinations. Jet Airways, a Boeing customer since the early 1990s, operates 737s and 777s on its domestic and international routes. In 2010, SpiceJet ordered 30 Boeing Next-Generation 737s. Scheduled deliveries of 737s continue to both SpiceJet and Jet Airways.

Additionally, the Indian Ministry of Defense operates four 737-200s and three 737 Boeing Business Jets.
The Boeing market outlook for India forecasts that the Indian aviation market will require 1,600 new commercial jets, valued at approximately $205 billion, over the next 20 years.

Boeing is committed to offering  commercially efficient airplanes and services that deliver superior design and passenger comfort, to meet emerging customer needs in India.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security
On January 1, 2009, the government of India purchased eight Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and antisubmarine aircraft. The P-8I is an India-unique variant of the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon, a development from the Boeing 737-800. Five P-8Is have been delivered so far.

In June 2011, India’s Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters.

Shortly after the first Boeing C-17 Globemaster arrived in India in 2013, the aircraft supported a mission to carry equipment to an airbase in Andaman and Nicobar. The C-17 has been used by the IAF in  flood relief operations in Bihar and Jammu & Kashmir. The Indian Air Force also used its C-17 to support cyclone relief efforts in Odisha. All C-17 deliveries are due to be completed in 2014.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security has a rich portfolio of products and services on offer to India, such as AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, and Harpoon missiles. The Boeing portfolio also extends to unmanned systems, security solutions, services and support, and network-centric operations systems.

Industry Partnerships
Accelerating the development of an indigenous aerospace and defense ecosystem is a central part of Boeing’s strategy in India. Boeing’s industrial partnership program is focused towards identifying and engaging with companies in India for supporting aerospace and defense programs across the Boeing enterprise.

With a view to capitalizing on India’s competencies, Boeing is collaborating with Indian partners to build capability that will be globally competitive. These industrial partners are raising their bar to deliver world-class quality, cost-efficiency and productivity, and are becoming an important part of the company’s worldwide supply-chain for some of the most advanced aircraft in the world.

Since 1997, Boeing has worked with India’s premier software development companies - including HCL, Infosys, Wipro and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) - on several projects related to systems re-engineering and development, web enabling, e-business applications and long-term maintenance. In 2005, Boeing added a variety of knowledge-based engineering and data analysis projects, as well as aircraft  design activity, to its existing IT work in India.

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) became the single-source producer of 757 overwing exit doors in 1991. HAL has manufactured the 777 uplock boxes, 777 flaperons, F/A-18 gun bay doors, F/A-18 wire harnesses, P-8I weapons bay doors, P-8I tailcones and P-8I identification friend-or-foe transponders.

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has delivered the Indian-designed Data Link II for the P-8I, a communications system that enables exchange of tactical data and messages between the Indian Navy aircraft, ships and shore establishments. BEL has also delivered the identification friend-or-foe interrogator, a battle management system that  enables the aircraft to distinguish friendly aircraft and forces. Finally, BEL is on contract to provide F/A-18 flight deck cockpit panels. Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL) provides the Speech Secrecy Systems for the P-8I.

In addition to defense public sector undertakings, India’s well-reputed private companies play a large role in Boeing industrial strategy. Dynamatic Technologies and Tata Advanced Materials Limited (TAML) have already delivered P-8I power and mission equipment cabinets, and TAML is also on contract to provide P-8I auxiliary power unit door fairings. Dynamatic Technologies is on contract to manufacture the aft pylon and cargo ramp assemblies for Boeing’s CH-47F Chinook. Avantel delivers the mobile satellite systems for the P 8I and Maini and TAL Manufacturing Solutions are on contract to provide C-17 ground support equipment.
Boeing’s present state-of-the-art co-production partnership is with TAL, who manufacture complex floor beams out of composite material, for the Boeing 787-9, a modern aircraft  with exceptional environmental and fuel efficient  capabilities. Several other similar co-development and co-production aerospace partnerships are on the anvil.

Hyderabad-based Cyient (formerly-Infotech) has supported a number of critical Boeing Commercial Airplanes design-engineering  projects, and currently provides design and stress support on the 747-8 Freighter and the 787-8 and 787-9.
Beyond direct work placement, Boeing collaborates with Indian industrial suppliers on lean manufacturing techniques, on program management and supplier management best-practices, and specialized trainings as part of its drive to bring the best of Boeing to India.

Research & Technology and University Partnerships
Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation and  since  1995 has a R&D presence in India, when collaborative research in aerodynamics was established with the National Aerospace Labs (NAL) in Bangalore. This has developed into a series of projects in aerodynamics and advanced analysis methods at NAL, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.

In 2005, Boeing entered into a strategic research partnership with IISc Bangalore. The Boeing-IISc partnership focuses on research in materials-sciences for  structural alloys, smart materials and structures, process modeling and simulation. This has contributed to   aerospace innovation and  advancement of aircraft design capabilities. IISc is one of only 10 universities worldwide that has such a special relationship with Boeing.

Another partnership - The Aerospace Network Research Consortium (ANRC) was set up in 2008 with IISc and other industry partners, HCL Technologies and Wipro. This consortium has conducted research and co-developed  technologies related to wireless aerospace networks. This involved regular interaction between researchers in India and Boeing experts in the United States and resulted in several doctorate, theses and a large number of research reports.

In 2009, Boeing further expanded its R&D footprint in India by establishing the Boeing Research & Technology India Center, an Indian counterpart of Boeing’s Research & Technology organization in the United States. The India facility conducts research in areas such as flight sciences, materials and processes, structures and software with Indian research partners in academia, research labs and industry to address future technical challenges in aerospace.

In 2011, Boeing signed an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to establish a center to promote aerospace manufacturing capabilities in India. A consortium model was adopted with Boeing, DST and IIT Bombay joining hands as the founding partners to create the National Centre for Aerospace Innovation and Research (NCAIR). This center, located on the campus of IIT Bombay, enables Indian and multinational organizations  - such as NAL, HAL, Godrej, DMG, MORI SEIKI, Sandvik Coromant and Delcam - to collaborate, and  develop solutions.

Also based in Bangalore, and staffed with modelling and simulation engineers, the Boeing Strategic Development & Experimentation (SD&E) Center provides defense experimentation and decision-support services to understand the future needs of the Indian armed forces.

Besides aerospace R&D and innovation, Boeing is also actively engaged in nurturing talent and is working closely with academia through various Indian institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology. Its engagements are designed to promote, enthusiasm  for engineering, science and technology among the student community.

Boeing also conducts a special program with IIT Kanpur in which five to six students are funded to spend part of their summer time with its industry partner Cyient.

The students are introduced to real life aerospace industry and given opportunity to experience real-time and world-class aerospace and engineering projects.

Boeing also provides funding and opportunity to students at selected universities to work in teams to design, build and demonstrate advanced concept vehicles such as  autonomous navigation vehicles (at IIT Kanpur), solar-power assisted airplanes (at IIT Kharagpur) and nanosatellites (at IIT Bombay).

In 2013, Boeing launched a national aeromodeling competition for universities across India. This annual competition is now organized  on an ongoing basis in the form of four zonal events with a grand finale culminating in Delhi. During the events, Boeing provides training to students and helps them design, build and fly their airplanes.

Building a Skilled Aerospace Talent Pipeline
In more recent efforts to address the critical and growing need for vocational training and skills development in the Indian aerospace sector, Boeing started partnering with the National Skill Development Corporation India (NSDC) and the Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF). Boeing-funded curriculums and initiatives have already been launched along with relevant aerospace partners such as Rossell Techsys, and more are being explored to enhance availability of a skilled workforce to the aerospace industry in India.

Boeing - a Responsible Business Leader
As a responsible business leader, Boeing is committed to improving the quality of life in  the communities where it operates. The company and its employees have been supporting  and continue  to be actively involved in  various education and health programs and  services in India.

Boeing is deeply committed to protecting the global ecosystem. A technology leader, the company actively supports the production of  environmentally progressive products and services. Boeing is also working with its suppliers and customers around the world to address 21st century environmental concerns.
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