Tata Delivers First Structure for India’s CH-47Fs

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter with 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade maneuvers to pick up an M119A3 howitzer during sling load operations on Fort Bragg, N.C., May 4. Sling loading artillery pieces allow the artillery commander to place artillery equipment at a better location to provide ground forces with artillery support. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Galimore)

A Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopter maneuvers. Photo: U.S. Army by Sgt. Steven Galimore

Tata Advanced Systems Ltd has delivered the first major structural assembly to Boeing for the Indian Air Force’s new fleet of CH-47F Chinooks, both companies have said.

India, in September 2015, finalized an order with Boeing for the production of 15 CH-47Fs as well as training and support. Deliveries are to be again in 2019.

Tata Advanced Systems manufactured the crown and tailcone assembly for the new-generation Chinooks at its plant in Hyderabad, in southern India. It previously has delivered crowns and tailcones for CH-47s for the U.S. Army and international customers.

The company is a wholly owned aerospace and defense subsidiary of Tata Sons, the New Delhi-headquartered Indian manufacturing, communications/IT, real estate, financial and consumer goods conglomerate.

“Tata Advanced Systems has demonstrated its ability to deliver high-quality components to the CH-47 Chinook program on schedule, which in turn helps Boeing meet commitments to our customers,” said Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar.

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