Boeing offers to build aerospace ecosystem in India
09 April 2019
Boeing has offered to build a 21st-century aerospace ecosystem in India for co-developing F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades as part of the country’s advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) programme. Two major American fighter jets manufacturers - Boeing and Lockheed Martin - are in the race for the Indian fighter jet market. Lockheed Martin has offered to shift its entire F-16 manufacturing base from the US to India.
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft. Allen argued the impact will be transformational - building a next-gen warfighter in India and a 21st-century aerospace ecosystem with HAL and Mahindra along with Boeing industry’s partners (GE Aviation, GKN Aero, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon).
The Super Hornet is the airplane that fits the requirement of both the Indian Navy and Air force, he asserted. Boeing says that the Super Hornet offering for India co-opts the expertise of a public-private partnership with HAL and Mahindra to make the F/A-18 Super Hornet in an advanced Factory-of-the-Future in India. The partnership, it asserts, will harness productivity opportunities in India to deliver more-for-less (more capability for less cost) to its Indian customers and worldwide.