Boeing’s C-17 Globemaster Strategic Airlifter
NEW DELHI: With ten C-17 Globemaster strategic airlifters and eight P-8I maritime surveillance and anti-submarime aircraft delivered, Boeing is currently playing an important role in the mission-readiness and modernization of India’s defence forces.
On the defence front, Boeing’s relationship with India goes back to the the 1940s, when the Indian Air Force enlisted two Boeing aircraft – 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.
As a long-term strategic partner to India, Boeing also accelerating the development of an indigenous aerospace and defence ecosystem by contributing to the “Make in India” initiative. Boeing has developed collaborations with Indian suppliers including public sector companies like Bharat Electronics Limited(BEL), as well as major private sector companies such as the Tata Group, Bharat Forge, Larsen & Toubro, Dynamatic Technologies, Wipro, Infosys, HCL Technologies, and Infotech Enterprises.
Recently Boeing formed a joint with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to collaborate in aerospace and defence manufacturing and potential integrated systems development opportunities, including unmanned aerial vehicles. Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Make-in-India” initiative in September 2014, Dynamatic Technolgies and Boeing inaugurated a plant to manufacture critical parts for the Chinook Heavy Lift Helicopters. In a state-of-the-art facility with TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd, Boeing supports manufacture of complex floor beams for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, one of the most advanced airplanes in the world.
Boeing has around 500 employees in India and more than 3500 people work on dedicated Boeing supply-chain jobs with its 30 suppliers across manufacturing, engineering and IT sectors. The company continues to increase its footprint as tier-1, tier-2 suppliers and sourcing activities continue to grow rapidly.
The company has had a long-standing R&D presence in India since 1995, 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 and Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institute of Technology (IISC), Kanpur.
In 2009, Boeing further expanded its R&D footprint by establishing the Boeing Research & Technology India Center(BR&T), an Indian counterpart of Boeing’s Research and Technology organization in the US BR&T India conducts research in areas such as Flight Sciences, Materials & Processes, Structures and Software. And works with Indian researchers in academia, research labs and industry to address technical challenges.
In collaboration with IIT Bombay and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Boeing conceptualized the National Centre for Aerospace Innovation and Research (NCAIR) to support world-class research and manufacturing development in aerospace with the objective of applying this capability to the aerospace industry in India. The work at NCAIR has led to 20 patents and technology breakthroughs and over 30 specialists have been trained and developed by the NCAIR. Key areas of research for NCAIR include Modeling & Simulation, where the researchers have generated new insights on methods to improve efficiency of machining Titanium and Aluminum alloys. Recently NCAIR inaugurated an Advanced Machining Excellence Cell on its campus.
In addition to research activities, Boeing has established a Boeing Test & Evaluation Center of Excellence at HCL Technologies in Chennai. Boeing is also working with Cyient in Hyderabad on structural engineering analysis, design and related activities.
The Aerospace Network Research Consortium (ANRC) with IISc Bangalore, is another open collaboration that conducts strategic research and co-development in technologies related to aerospace networks. This consortium has conducted research and codeveloped technologies related to wireless aerospace networks.
Boeing invests in an externship program with IITs and other top engineering colleges every year to select 12 students to work with our industry partner Cyient, introducing students to world-class aerospace engineering projects and related best practices, thus resulting in high-tech career paths for talented students.
In a recent effort to address the critical and growing need for skills development in the Indian aerospace sector, Boeing is partnering with the National Skill Development Corporation India (NSDC) and the Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) to provide vocational training to Indian students and industry. Boeing-funded curriculums and initiatives have already been launched along with relevant aerospace partners like Rossell Techys. This fills the gap in “industry training” and helps in increasing the employability skills of prospective candidates resulting in an “All India council of technical education” (AICTE) accredited “post diploma in aerospace inter-connect solutions” (PDAIS).
Boeing is also bringing expertise in engineering design to India through its subsidiaries – Jeppesen and Continental Data Graphics. For example, Airports Authority of India has selected to implement Jeppesen’s TAAM simulation software that has helped modernize India’s air traffic management infrastructure.
The company and its employees have also been supporting and continue to be actively involved in various education and health programs and services in India. A major initiative has been the support of cancer patients along with CanSupport, an NGO that has been serving the neglected, under privileged cancer patients and encouraging them to lead a normal life. As a responsible business leader, Boeing is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities in which it operates. Boeing also supports Sulabh Internationals initiatives toward promoting public health and hygiene as part of the “Clean India” mission.
Source: Defense News