State-owned aerospace firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed an agreement with Boeing to supply flaperons for the Boeing's 777 series commercial jetliners. It is understood that HAL will supply 600 units of flaperons to Boeing which will be delivered in phases by 2019.
Indian carriers have already ordered a total of 36 Boeing 777s. This includes 23 from Air India and 13 from Jet Airways.
The 777 flaperon is a complex composite assembly that is instrumental in controlling the airplane’s maneuverability in flight. Referred to as a 'control surface', flaperons work both as an aileron to control roll and as a flap to control lift.
“HAL and Boeing share a very special relationship. Showcasing HAL’s composite manufacturing capability on one of the world’s premier long-haul commercial jets positions us for even greater opportunities at the forefront of technology,” Soundara Rajan, Director, Corporate Planning & Marketing, HAL said. Boeing's relationship with HAL date back to 1991. Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar said, "The composite 777 flaperon that HAL will produce represents a significant leap forward in technological capability, and supports Boeing’s strategy to work in partnership with India’s aerospace industry for the long-term.”
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Credit: Business Standard.