Boeing has established a local operating entity Boeing Defense India (BDI) that will support the company’s future growth in the country in the areas of services and support, sales and marketing, sourcing, manufacturing and engineering.
Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India, will lead BDI and the expansion of the Boeing Global Services organization in India.
“As a key market for Boeing, we are making the changes necessary to position ourselves for future growth, drive decision making closer to the customer, strengthen partnerships with local companies in India and accelerate our efforts to achieve the country’s ‘Make in India’ vision,” said Leanne Caret, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
“BDI will serve as a framework enabling us to draw on the growth and productivity benefits that India can offer Boeing,” he added.
With BDI, Boeing will expand its engagement with India’s Ministry of Defence to deliver advanced capability and readiness to India’s military customers and to develop a competitive supplier base in country that is integrated into Boeing’s global supply chain.
Further, BDI will set up a local sustainment support footprint in India that will enhance its responsiveness on local sustainment and training contracts.
“India is among the fastest growing economies in the world, and Boeing has made accelerated investments to grow the manufacturing, skill development and engineering scale in the country,” said Kumar.
Indian Navy has recently released a detailed Request for Information for procurement of 57 Multi-Role Carrier Borne Fighters (MRCBF) and Boeing is one of the major contenders for supplying its F/A-18 Super Hornet in this category.
During recent years, India has acquired C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft and Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Boeing.
The BDI will supervise company's recent investments in India such as Tata Boeing Aerospace Ltd (TBAL) joint venture, the C-17 simulator training centre, Boeing's sourcing and manufacturing activities, sales and marketing activities and the engineering centre expansion.