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Boeing says A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet can help India grow its aerospace ecosystem

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US has said its fighter jet can help grow its ecosystem which can be utilised for its Advanced Medium Combat programme.

Boeing's current production involves 60,000 jobs and 800 suppliers in 44 states in the US and this can be replicated in India, Thom Breckenridge, vice president, global sales, India, told in an interview, as the company seeks to enterb India's fighter jet bidding process.

Eyeing the mega Indian Air Force's contract for 110 fighter jets, has recently tied up with Mahindra Defence System and state-owned (HAL) for producing Super Hornets.

Breckenridge said that the is a platform that is continuously evolving to outpace future threats.

"Every two years, Boeing and its industry partners along with the US Navy work on delivering new capabilities to the fighter. Critical such as the radar, mission computers and sensors continue to evolve to match up to the mission profiles of the future," he said.

As the most advanced and lowest cost fighter per flight hour, the F/A-18 will deliver next-gen superiority and survivability to India, he said.

"By assembling, testing, and certifying this at a state-of-the-art Factory of the Future in India, Boeing will help grow the country's ecosystem," he said.

Observing that Super Hornet brings the latest generation of technologies to the warfare, he said that with designed-in stealth and robust capability growth plan, it is the best to get to India's Advanced programme.

"Boeing is also committed to expanding its partnership by producing Super Hornets in India, further developing the country's Boeing will work closely with Indian industry to ensure they have the very latest technologies, applying lessons learned from the current Super Hornet production line, he said.

Boeing, he said, is prepared to bring its global scale and supply chain, its best-in-industry precision manufacturing processes, as well as the company's unrivaled experience designing and optimising to both expand India's and help realise the 'Make in India' vision.

He said that Boeing and its current industry partners are having robust discussions with suppliers in about

"We have talked to over 400 Indian companies as part of our partner evaluation process for various systems and subsystems of Super Hornet," Breckenridge said.

Responding to a question on Boeing's partnership withMahindra (MDS) and HAL, he said that this is to deliver affordable, combat-proven fighter capabilities with growth potential for the Indian warfighter and industrial capability to build India's

"A Boeing-HAL-MDS partnership will transform India's aerospace and defense ecosystem by manufacturing in and developing future technologies jointly, building on 'Make in India'," Breckenridge said.

"We have taken a dual approach of making equity and non-equity investments as part of our partner strategy for India.

Boeing will continue to invest millions of dollars in supplier development, training, tooling and quality systems and skill development at our Indian suppliers, Breckenridge said.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 16:01 IST
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