Last week on July 20, Boeing [NYSE: BA], delivered to the U.S. Navy the first F/A-18 Super Hornet featuring a gun bay door manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) based in Bangalore, India.
|F/A-18 featuring HAL made gun bay door. Click on image for a high resolution view.|
These gun bay doors are the product of the first military contract between Boeing and HAL which manufactures them at their huge complex in Bangalore. The two companies are also cooperating on military projects likethe Indian Navy variant of the US Navy P-8 Poseidon, the P-8I and commercial airplanes like the Boeing 777.
Boeing’s involvement with Indian aerospace vendors has been growing dramatically after it won a raft of commercial and military orders from Indian government entities. Initially driven by offset agreements over their sales to Air India, Indian Airlines, and various arms of the Indian military, aerospace manufacturers have discovered a wealth of capabilities within the Indian engineering sector.
Recently, in its magazine Frontiers, Boeing detailed its multi-dimensional partnership with India. The Boeing F/A-18IN Super Hornet is a competitor in Indian Air Force’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft tender.