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The focus of research is on aircraft wing design to reduce weight

  • Technology sharing is very much a part of the collaboration
  • Developing local suppliers is Boeing's business strategy

    Bangalore: Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), the Indian unit of Boeing Company, with a New Delhi office since 2004, has research collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore.

    "It is a multidisciplinary research effort ranging from material sciences to mechanical engineering," Boeing's business development head Mark Krannenberg told reporters here on Tuesday.

    The focus of the research at the IISc. is on aircraft wing design to reduce weight and improve structural strength. A team of IISc. scientists is involved in this work.

    According to Anil Shrikhande, who heads the India office, there is also research collaboration with National Aerospace Laboratories here and with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and Tata Consultancy Services, Bangalore. Apart from funding research, technology sharing is very much a part of the collaboration.

    Dan Corte, vice-president, Global Strategy, said developing local suppliers was part of Boeing's business strategy in every country it operated in, and these were long-term relationships with sharing of technology. "We are not just trying to save a dollar or two," he said.

    The aviation major is projecting $12 billion to $15 billion in sales in India over the next 10 years. The offerings from Boeing IDS to the Indian Government include the combat-proven F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter, the P-8A maritime aircraft, Chinook helicopters and Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems. Other products India's armed services are expected to show interest in are the T-45 Naval Training System, which includes the T-45 Goshawk trainer aircraft. Indian pilots have been training on these systems under a programmes with the U.S. Navy.