With a $200 million, 43-acre wholly-owned engineering and technology campus in Bengaluru, US Defence and aviation major Boeing has been concentrating on enhancing the capabilities of its R&D team in India.
In terms of size, this will be Boeing's largest site outside of the US.
According to TOI, the corporation made the investment mostly because of how important India has been to a lot of its products.
Over 3,000 of the approximately 4,000 personnel of the Boeing India Engineering & Technology Centre (BIETC) are engineers. The strength will be raised by 25%, according to the business.
Boeing is developing an autonomous four-seater electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi for passenger transportation through a joint venture called Wisk in the US.
According to a TOI report, Todd Citron, chief technology officer and vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology, said the company will use the India capability to support Wisk.
According to Citron, who was quoted by TOI, "the extraordinary talent here is contributing to both our Defence and commercial sides, not just in support positions, but also in product design and development."
Boeing's current efforts to attain net zero emissions involve the India Centre significantly. By 2050, the aviation sector must achieve this. According to Citron, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will help achieve net zero by reducing emissions by 70%.
"As of right now, our aircraft can blend 50% SAF. We anticipate that all aero planes will be SAF compatible by 2030. The availability of SAF is the important issue to pay attention to, nevertheless. He continued, "One of the advanced technologies we are exploring is truss-braced wings, which are very thin wings for much improved aerodynamic efficiency. We are also working on hydrogen (as a fuel)."
He claimed that the India team excels at using cutting edge technology, such as AI and ML, to solve such problems and open up new possibilities. Whether it's software development or electrical/structural design, he claimed, "They are developing the technologies for the future."
The P8I maritime aircraft and Apache attack helicopters are only two examples of cutting-edge weaponry that Boeing has already given to India. Currently, Boeing and French manufacturer Dassault are competing to supply India with carrier-borne jets.
"We think our product is excellent, and user feedback indicates that they adore it. A major component of the offering is the F/A 18's capacity to cooperate with our other aircraft, such as the P8 I, to support missions "said he.
The navy is currently reviewing the findings of testing it conducted on both US and French products, and a shortlisting is anticipated by the year's end. The procurement method used for the new jet order will be government-to-government.
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