Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) has begun delivery of the crown and tail cone assembly for Boeing Co.’s Indian configuration of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter.
Manufactured in Hyderabad, the parts will be supplied to Boeing for final assembly of the 15 helicopters for the Indian Air Force. In a statement on Thursday, Boeing and TASL announced the delivery of the first crown and tail cone assembly for the helicopter.
A subsidiary of Tata Sons, TASL is a manufacturing partner for global OEMs including Boeing, Airbus Group, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
“This delivery is another significant step in our journey to increase defence capability and manufacturing capacity out of India with our strategic partners,” said Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India. TASL had demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality components to the CH-47 Chinook programme on schedule, which in turn helps Boeing meet commitments to its customers, he added.
The CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter being operated by the U.S. Army and 18 other defence forces. The Defence Ministry had in 2015 finalised an order for production, training and support of the heavy-lift helicopters.
Deliveries of the helicopters would begin in 2019.
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