Boeing in Talks to Assemble Apache or Chinook Helicopters in India

Posted on October 21, 2015 James Hinds Helicopters

The Boeing Company is planning to assemble either their Chinook heavy-lift helicopters or Apache attack choppers in India, as they also explore the possibility to manufacture a fighter jet in the country.India already plays a part in the construction of these, as the fuselage is manufactured in the country. They have already signed a contract worth approximately $3 billion for 15 Chinooks and 22 Apaches, and discussions continue with Indian suppliers to make Apache parts.

We are much closer to have assembly (of) one of those aeroplanes (choppers) here. That will play out and that’s our strategy. This market is too important, capability is too high and commitment is significant and that kind of commitment is important for us,” said Boeing chairman Jim McNerney. Just due to the ever-growing population of India, the sheer volume of people in the country lead some to believe it is a market with massive potential to grow. Various foreign aircraft manufacturers have already offered to build fighter planes there. In the coming years, McNerney hopes India will take part in bidding for a fighter aircraft. Quantity and delivery is uncertain, but they are determined to have the plane built in India sometime down the road. The CH-47F Chinook is an aircraft that can be used in multiple roles. It is used by the US Army and defense forces all over the world. Some key features are the digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities - all of which help it perform in different types of missions. The AH-64 Apache is an even more advanced multi-role helicopter used primarily for defense purposes.

Boeing has delivered over 2,000 Apaches since it first entered production. The US Army alone has logged nearly four million flight hours over the past thirty years with this model. Via our proprietary website ASAP AM Spares, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Boeing products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current aircraft parts at www.asap-amspares.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-amspares.com or +1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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