Bengaluru: The Boeing Company on Monday appointed the head of its India operations, Pratyush Kumar, to lead the defence major’s F-15 fighter aircraft programme in the United States. “Kumar has been selected to lead our F-15 fighter aircraft programme and further its business in the US and globally,” said Boeing in a statement here.
Kumar said he was upbeat about his new US role to build business for the F-15 programme the world over. The company will, however, expand its local manufacturing, technology and innovations, products and people in the Indian sub-continent, he added. Boeing will soon announce Kumar’s successor in India. During his five-year stint in India, Kumar advanced the company’s business in commercial airplanes, defence, space, security, and global services.
The US-based commercial jetliner maker also finalised the sale of Apache and Chinook choppers to the Indian military and also won additional orders for the P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft under Kumar’s leadership. With 160 partners and $1-billion sourcing, Boeing employs 2,000 aerospace engineers in India. (IANS)