Tata Advanced Materials Ltd (TAML), a subsidiary of Tata Industries Ltd, has signed a deal with American aerospace giant, Boeing to supply composite interior closeout panels for the P-8 military aircraft.
A derivative of Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800, the P-8 is capable of broad-area maritime operations. According to Boeing’s website, “the P-8I combines superior performance and reliability with advanced mission systems that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space”.
“This contract is another example of Indian companies becoming part of the global supply chain and manufacturing aerospace parts for the world’s most advanced products,” stated Sudhi Ranjan Mukherjee, chief executive of TAML.
This is a very significant indenture with Boeing which will help strengthen TAML’s position as a strong and steadfast partner in the aero-structures segment, the company said.
TAML is currently under contract to manufacture the P-8 tail cone and auxiliary power unit door fairing out of India. Additionally, TAML works for Dynamatic Technologies Ltd in support of the CH-47F Chinook, a medium-to-heavy lift helicopter, and for P-8 cabinets.
TAML shall also manufacture aero-structures for Boeing’s commercial and military aircraft. Further the venture will come together to produce AH-64 Apache fuselages, co-produce aero-structures and pursue integrated systems development opportunities in India.
Mukund Rajan, member of group executive council and brand custodian at Tata Sons, told media in March, that in last five years, revenue from the defence and aerospace business for TAML has evolved at an average annual growth rate of 18%. Tata group chairman Cyrus Mistry also acknowledged the fact that:
“Aerospace and Defence are vital growth drivers and momentous investments will be made in these sectors”