Boeing, HAL, Mahindra to make F/A-18 Super Hornet in India

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Apr 2018 09:03:05


 

By Kaushik Bhattacharya,

CHENNAI,

The partnership will create an opportunity to develop capabilities of aerospace industry and strengthen indigenous platforms in India there by contributing to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, said T Suvarna Raju, Chairman & MD, HAL

MOVING ahead with the concept of ‘Make In India’, Boeing on Thursday announced a partnership with Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) and Mahindra Defence Systems for manufacturing the FA-18 Super Hornet in the country for Indian Armed Forces and pursuing the joint development of future technologies.


The signing ceremony took place on Thursday at Defexpo 18 in Chennai in presence of business heads of all three companies. While interacting with media persons, Boeing India Head Pratyush Kumar said, “Boeing is excited to team up with India’s only company that manufactures combat fighters HAL and India’s only company that manufactures small commercial airplanes Mahindra. This partnership brings the best of Indian public and private enterprises together in partnership with the World’s largest aerospace company, Boeing.”


This partnership will create an opportunity to develop capabilities of the aerospace industry and strengthen indigenous platforms in India there by contributing to the Make in India initiative, said T Suvarna Raju, Chairman and Managing Director, HAL.


Under this agreement, an entirely new and state-of-the-art production facility for Super Hornet that can be utilised for other programmes like India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programme.


The plan addresses the infrastructure, personnel training and operational tools and techniques required to produce a next generation fighter aircraft in India. Boeing will work closely with India industry to ensure they have the very latest technologies, applying lessons learned from the current Super Hornet production line.


The Super Hornet will deliver on India’s need for a carrier and land based multi-role fighter. The aircraft does not only have a low acquisition cost, but it costs less per flight hour to operate than any other tactical aircraft that US forces have. The Super Hornet is a twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet. The Super Hornet has an internal 20mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons.


Additional fuel can be carried in up to five external fuel tanks and the aircraft can be configured as an airborne tanker by adding an external air refueling system. While signing the agreement, S P Shukla, Group President, Aerospace and Defence, Mahindra Group and Chairman, Mahindra Defence Systems was also present.