The vertical fin is a complex structural part and the new production line will utilize cutting-edge robotics and automation in manufacturing, the company said.
The expansion will create additional employment opportunities and enable skill development as well. Spread over 14,000 square meters, the state-of-the-art facility in Hyderabad has been producing aero-structures for Boeing’s AH-64 Apache helicopter, including fuselages, secondary structures, and vertical spar boxes for customers worldwide, the company further said in a statement.
“This is a noteworthy step in the growth of India’s aerospace and defence manufacturing,” K. T. Rama Rao, Telangana Municipal Administration and Industries Minister was quoted in the release. “Telangana is an established hotbed for India’s defence and aerospace industry supported by a robust ecosystem, including a large pool of skilled and industry-ready work-force. I congratulate Boeing and Tata for this milestone,” he added.
Boeing has termed this move as part of company’s commitment towards India’s ‘self-reliant initiative.’
“Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited is an example of Boeing’s commitment towards co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defence in India, for the world, and a reflection of the country’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative,” Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India, was quoted in the release.
“The expansion of our aerostructure manufacturing capabilities with the new production line to deliver complex vertical fins for the 737s is another landmark in our collaboration with Boeing. This new production line for complex vertical fin structures is another testament for TASL’s commitment towards making India self-reliant in defence manufacturing,” Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), said in a statement.