The Hyderabad-based Tata Boeing Aerospace (TBA), the sole global supplier of helicopter fuselages, has delivered the first fuselage set for six AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Army.
Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tata Advanced Systems (TAS), said that the successful delivery of the first fuselage for Boeing AH-64 Apache combat helicopters for the Indian Army is the result of the hard work and seamless collaboration of the teams at TBAL, India. This delivery also positions TBA and India as an important manufacturing base in overall Boeing operations.
TBA’s 14,000 sqm facility also produces complex aero-structures for Boeing’s 737 and 777 commercial jetliners. The joint venture between Boeing and TAS employs over 900 engineers and technicians.
Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India, said the delivery was a proud milestone and a testimony of Boeing’s commitment towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat and the world-class manufacturing capabilities at its joint venture TBA. “The Apache will provide the Indian Army with a significant boost in capability just as the AH-64 has for the Indian Air Force,” he added.
Over 190 fuselages have been produced and supplied by TBA to Boeing’s Apache final assembly plant in Mesa, Arizona. More than 90% of the parts used in these aerostructures assemblies are manufactured within India by over 100 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) suppliers in support of the Government’s vision for Make in India.
Boeing had completed the deliveries of all 22 AH-64E Apache helicopters for an Indian Air Force order in 2020.