Boeing: strengthening ties with the IAF
With a 100 year legacy riding at its back, Boeing going strong with its 80 years of partnership with the Indian Air Force. Bond’s history can be traced back to 1940 when the IAF inducted two fabulously crafted Boeing’s aircraft the T-6 Texan and C-47 Skytrain military transport in its fleet. Since then company has been steadily building upon this foundation and has been continuously supporting the mission readiness and modernisation of India’s defence forces. Over the years, it has been actively involved with the Indian Armed Forces to equip them with modernised and advanced products, extended services and with time and pace, this partnership has expanded immensely.
Boeing has expanded our global supply-chain footprint through collaboration; grown our partnerships in research, technology and academia to leverage India’s strengths and we consistently demonstrated our commitment to the success of ‘Make in India.’ It has been providing robust services and support packages to the Indian Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster III fleet and the Indian Navy’s P-8I force. The GISP “virtual fleet” arrangement ensures mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers access to an extensive support network for worldwide parts availability and economies of scale. The C-17 GISP is a system-level partnership, where the customer pays for readiness, rather than specific parts or services.
Apart from that, company also provides high quality integrated training systems for C-17 Indian aircrews at its C-17 Training Centre in Gurgaon The training centre is a joint venture of Boeing and Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) and was inaugurated in the presence of BS Dhanoa, Former Chief of the Air Staff, Indian Air Force, S P Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Defence Systems and Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India in 2016. The centre features a complete training solution for C-17 pilots and loadmasters with advanced simulation, courseware and computer-based training to practice the complete range of tasks required for military airlift operations and humanitarian missions, along with other scenarios such as aerial refueling and emergency procedures. The Centre has completed over 1700 hours of training and has maintained a serviceability state of 100 percent.
In January 2018, the Defence Acquisitions Council awarded a contract to Boeing in order to support the Indian Navy’s P-8I crew by providing skilful training solutions. These customised training solutions provided to the Indian Navy will offer an integrated learning approach that will combine classroom education with simulation. Dedicated support will be provided to maintain the simulators and courseware, ensuring maximum availability.
Envisaging it future in India, Boeing is looking forward to expand its product and service range in the country. With its F/A-18 Super Hornet India proposal, company is aiming to start the production line in the country itself aligning to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. For this very reason, it has partnered with MDS and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, further developing India’s aerospace ecosystem. Company claims that the Super Hornet is the best aircraft to function as a roadmap to get to India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programme.