US aerospace giant Boeing has announced the addition of a new production line at its joint venture, the Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad to manufacture complex vertical fin structures for the 737 family of airplanes.
The expansion marks a significant milestone for the joint venture.
“This is a noteworthy step in the growth of India’s aerospace and defense manufacturing,” said K. T. Rama Rao, Telangana Municipal Administration and Industries Minister.
“Telangana is an established hotbed for India’s defense 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.
“Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited is an example of Boeing’s commitment towards co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defense in India, for the world, and a reflection of the country’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative,” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India.
“Skilled talent, robust infrastructure, ease of doing business, and a highly responsive government administration make Telangana an ideal destination.”
Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), said, “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 to TASL’s commitment towards making India self-reliant in defense manufacturing.”
The vertical fin is a complex structural part and the new production line will utilize cutting-edge robotics and automation in manufacturing. 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 has been producing aero-structures for Boeing’s AH-64 Apache helicopter, including fuselages, secondary structures, and vertical spar boxes for customers worldwide.