AH-64 Fuselage at Tata Boeing's Hyperabad facility. Photo courtesy of Boeing
Tata Boeing Aerospace has delivered its first AH-64 Apache fuselage from its facility in Hyderabad. The fuselage is headed to Mesa, Arizona, for integration into its final assemble line ahead of schedule.
The joint venture between Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems inaugurated the Hyderabad facility March 1. The facility is the sole provider for AH-64 Apache fuselages for customers including the U.S. Army. It will also produce secondary structures and vertical spar boxes for the Apache, according to Boeing.
“This is a major step forward in Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems’ continued commitment to make advanced, high quality aerostructures in India,” said Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India.“As we accelerate our efforts, we see this as a major step towards future opportunities to pursue the co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defence.”
The partnership, announced late 2015 and Boeing's first equity joint venture, has a long-term goal of collaborative opportunities for developing and selling integrated systems. Tata already has a joint venture with Sikorsky to build S-92 cabins and another with Leonardo to assemble AW119Kxs in Hyderabad.
Updated to reflect comments from Boeing.