India-based Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) has delivered the first crown and tailcone assembly for the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter being built by Boeing for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The delivery is part of a deal finalised between the Indian Ministry of Defence and Boeing in 2015 for the production, training and support of 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters.
The components are being delivered to Boeing for final assembly of the 15 helicopters for the IAF.
Boeing India president Pratyush Kumar said: “This delivery is another significant step in our journey to increase defence capability and manufacturing capacity out of India with our strategic partners.
“Tata Advanced Systems has demonstrated its ability to deliver high-quality components to the CH-47 Chinook programme on schedule, which in turn helps Boeing meet commitments to our customers.
"We are clearly invested in leveraging the full potential of capability that exists in India to continue delivering greater value for less cost to our US and international customers.”
The CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters are expected to improve India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions.
Delivery of the helicopters is expected to begin in 2019.
TASL is already delivering crown and tailcones for CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
The CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter designed for the US Army and international defence forces.
The helicopter features a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, and common aviation architecture cockpit.
The advanced cargo-handling capabilities complement the aircraft's mission performance and handling characteristics, Boeing said in a statement.
The Chinook is currently in use by the US Army, the US Army Reserve, National Guard, and more than 19 countries, including Canada, the UK, Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Greece, Spain, South Korea, Australia, and the UAE.