Boeing has been a strong partner of India’s aerospace sector for more than 75 years. India has been using Boeing products since World War II, when it acquired DC-2 and DC-3 airplanes. Since then, Boeing has been the mainstay of India’s commercial aviation sector, providing the country’s airlines with the most fuel-efficient airplanes.
Boeing’s relationship with India on the defense front goes back to the 1940s, when the Indian Air Force enlisted two Boeing aircraft: the T-6 Texan, or Harvard Advanced Trainer, made by North American Aviation, and the C-47 Skytrain military transport, a military variant of the DC-3, made by McDonnell Douglas.
Today, Boeing continues to play an important role in the mission readiness and modernization of India’s defense forces. India has 10 C-17 Globemaster strategic airlifters, eight P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft (with four more on order), 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters on order. India has also decided to purchase six AH-64 Apaches for the Indian Army.
Headquartered in Delhi, Boeing’s India operations include field service offices in Mumbai, Hindan, Rajali and New Delhi, and a Boeing India Engineering & Technology Center (BIETC) in Bangalore. Boeing India also has a 500 member team based in Chennai which provides technical content development, software delivery and engineering design services for the aerospace and defense sector.
Boeing in India has 2,200 employees, and more than 7,000 people who work on dedicated supply chain jobs with Indian suppliers across manufacturing, engineering and IT sectors. Boeing continues to increase its footprint as supply chain, sourcing, engineering and hiring activities continue to grow.