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Aero India 2023: Boeing to Showcase Top Gun-Fame F/A-18 Super Hornet Fighter Jet

The Boeing exhibits at Aero India 2023 will also feature a range of advanced products including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, P-8I, CH-47 Chinook, 737, 787 Dreamliner, and 777X.

Aero India 2023: Boeing to Showcase Top Gun-Fame F/A-18 Super Hornet Fighter Jet Image for representation

Boeing, a significant player in the US aerospace industry, announced on Tuesday that it will highlight at upcoming Aero India its focus on enhancing local services, investments, and partnerships to support India's ambitious aim of achieving self-reliance in the defence manufacturing sector. The largest aerospace expo in Asia, "Aero India," will hold its 14th edition from February 13 to 17 in Bengaluru. According to Boeing, strengthening and utilising local talent and expanding the network of more than 300 supplier partners is a key strategic priority for the company in India.

"The Indian aerospace and defence industry is poised for growth and offers significant opportunities for Boeing with our proven portfolio of products and services," said Salil Gupte, president of Boeing India.

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"Boeing is committed to supporting and enabling this progress with a vision to bring the best of Boeing to India and take the best of India to the world," he said. Boeing's displays at Aero India will be built around the theme of "The Runway to a Billion Opportunities" highlighting local partnerships and investments in India, according to the company.

The exhibits will also feature a range of advanced products including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, P-8I, CH-47 Chinook, 737, 787 Dreamliner, and 777X. The F/A-18 Super Hornet is in contention with Dassault Aviation's Rafale M for the Indian Navy's requirement for 26 deck-based jets for aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.

The Indian armed forces operate a sizeable number of Boeing-manufactured military platforms, including 11 C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft, 22 AH-64 Apache helicopters (with six more on order), and 15 CH-47 Chinook choppers, 12 P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

India also has three Boeing VVIP aircraft, and two Head of State aircraft. In addition, more than 150 Boeing airplanes, including the next-generation 737, 737 MAX, 757, 777, and 787 Dreamliner, are operated by India's leading commercial airlines.

The joint venture between Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd -- Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) -- recently delivered the first fuselage for six AH-64 Apache attack helicopters ordered by the Indian Army from its state-of-the-art facility in Hyderabad. TBAL has produced and supplied Boeing's Apache final assembly plant in Mesa, Arizona with more than 190 fuselages.

Boeing said visitors will be able to experience the AH-64 Apache simulator and learn more about the combat helicopter's capabilities and a wide range of missions. It said the company will meet with customers and industry partners to discuss India's future aviation, defence, and security requirements, focusing on in-country manufacturing, leveraging engineering and research talent, and strengthening local partnerships.

Boeing said it is expanding its support for local customers in India by establishing an ecosystem of comprehensive support packages and indigenous maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities with partners through the Boeing India Repair Development and Sustainment (BIRDS) programme. It said that this forms part of Boeing's commitment to Make in India and Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

With PTI Inputs