Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited, a joint venture of Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems has announced the delivery of first AH-64 Apache combat helicopter fuselage before the schedule from its manufacturing unit in Hyderabad. The delivery comes within a year after the collaboration between Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems. Now the fuselage will be transported to Mesa, Arizona, US, in Boeing’s manufacturing facility for integration into the final assembly line.
The unit was inaugurated by Defence Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman in March 2018, which is spread over 14000 square meters with 350 highly skilled workers. The major thing is it will be the sole unit or facility to produce fuselages for AH-64 Apache Helicopters delivered by Boeing to its global customers including US Army. This unit will also produce secondary structures and verticle spare boxes for the multi-role combat helicopters.
“The delivery of fuselages within just six months of the unit becomes operational is a huge boost to defence manufacturing ecosystem in India,” said Sukaran Singh, Managing Director, and CEO of TATA Advanced Systems.
More than 2300 Apache helicopters are operational globally since the production started by the Boeing. The helicopter has been fielded or selected for the acquisition by the armed forces of the 16 countries, including India. The U.S. Army Apache fleet alone has accumulated more than 4.3 million flight hours, including more than 1.2 million in combat, as of January 2018.
The AH-64 Apache Helicopter is the most advanced multi-role combat helicopter for a growing number of international defence forces.
Height- 15.24 ft (4.64 m)
Wing Span- 17.15 ft (5.227 m)
Primary Mission Gross Weight- 15,075 lb (6838 kg)
Vertical Rate Of Climb – More than 2,000 ft per minute
Maximum Rate Of Climb – More than 2,800 ft per minute
Maximum Level Flight Speed- More than 150 knots (279 km per hour)