Boeing India has collaborated with Air Works Group to deliver maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the Indian Navy’s P-8I maritime patrol aircraft fleet.

The companies will carry out extensive MRO works on a total of three P-8I aircraft at Air Works facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, India.

Boeing Defence India managing director Surendra Ahuja said: “We are proud to build on our existing collaboration with Air Works that enables us to generate significant value for our defence customers in India and contribute towards the Government’s vision of making India an MRO hub for the region.”

The strategic partnership is the first milestone achieved under the Boeing India’s Repair Development and Sustainment (BIRDS) hub.

Launched in 2021, the BIRDS hub aims to partner with local industries and businesses to make India a hub for providing defence and aerospace sustainment capabilities.

Air Works Group managing director and CEO D Anand Bhaskar said: “Maintaining such mission-critical platforms for the nation’s defence forces is a matter of immense pride for Air Works.

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“At the same time, it also reflects the ‘coming-of-age’ or maturing of indigenous MRO capabilities in aviation, defence and aerospace which can deliver huge advantages for the country.”

Boeing and Air Works first collaborated to carry out Phase 32 checks for the first P-8I long-range maritime aircraft.

The collaboration has further grown to include other sustainment works, including MRO on the landing gear of the Indian Air Force’s 737 VVIP aircraft and Phase 48 checks.

Recently, Boeing delivered the 12th and the last aircraft to the Indian Ministry of Defence.