Tata Boeing Aerospace today delivered the first AH-64 Apache combat helicopter fuselage from its manufacturing facility in Hyderabad, India.
The fuselage will now be transported to Boeing’s AH-64 Apache manufacturing facility in the USA, for integration into the final assembly line. This delivery comes within a year of the aerospace joint venture facility becoming operational.
The facility, which is spread over 14,000-square meters and will be employing 350 highly skilled workers at full production, was inaugurated by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defence, Government of India, in March this year. The facility will be the sole global producer of fuselages for AH-64 Apache helicopter delivered by Boeing to its global customers including the U.S. Army.
The facility will also produce secondary structures and vertical spar boxes for the multi-role combat helicopter.
“This is a major step forward in Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems’ continued commitment to make advanced, high quality aerostructures in India,” said Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India. “we see this as a major step towards future opportunities to pursue the co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defence.”
Tata Boeing Aerospace is Boeing’s first equity joint venture in India in partnership with the Tata group.