“Boeing is committed to… meet the Indian government’s goals
to strengthen indigenous aerospace and defence capabilities”
The military industrial complex in the USA is in private hands but there is government control over export of defence-related equipment. To what extent does this impinge on the commercial objectives of the industry?
Boeing always complies with US and non-US trade regulations to maximise our global business interests and opportunities. And, we continue to partner with government officials and customers around the world to shape trade policies that will continue to allow Boeing and others in the defence and aerospace industry to meet those responsibilities while also responding to and competing in an ever-evolving global economy.
India’s defence requirements represent a significant opportunity for Boeing over the next 10 years.
What is your long-term business strategy in India?
India is a very important market for Boeing. India’s defence requirements represent a significant opportunity for Boeing over the next 10 years.
Our rich portfolio of products and services, tailored to India’s unique needs, includes the P-8I multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft, C-17 Globemaster III strategic lift airlifter, the heavy lift CH-47F Chinook helicopter, the combat-proven AH-64D Apache attack helicopter and weapons.
Boeing’s portfolio also extends to unmanned systems, security solutions, airborne early warning and control systems, services and support and network-centric operations systems.
Our long-term business strategy is to work closely with our customers on their defence and security requirements, execute flawlessly on our current campaigns and deepen our presence in the country through long-term and strategy partnerships.
Any major arms contract with India involves 30 to 50 per cent mandatory offset obligations. Has BDS made any assessment of the real capacity of the Indian industry to absorb such volumes of high technology workload?
Boeing has an unmatched reputation for delivering world-class industrial partnership programmes. We have brought benefits valued at more than US $42 billion to nearly 40 countries over the past 30 years.
Boeing has an unmatched reputation for delivering world-class industrial partnership programmes.
India has a large and growing defence aerospace market that will eventually sustain many Indian jobs and help to create and advance numerous technologies.
Boeing is committed to delivering offset programs to India that are in line with India’s Defence Procurement Policies and that meet the Indian government’s goals to strengthen indigenous aerospace and defence capabilities, enhance its self-reliance and national security, and position Indian industry for growth in the global market.
What is the current situation with regard to the proposal for acquisition of the Apache AH-64D Attack Helicopter and the Chinook heavy lift helicopters for the Indian Armed Forces?
Both the AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook are in competitions initiated by the Indian Air Force.
If selected in the attack helicopter competition, India will receive the Apache Block III that the US Army took delivery of in November 2011 and has the latest technology insertions that make it a lethal attack helicopter. The AH-64 Apache is the only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement. It is uniquely suited to meet the customer’s needs – including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack – in both land and littoral environments – all without reconfiguration.