U.S. aerospace giant Boeing has extended a contract with India’s Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) after it recently delivered to the U.S. Navy the first EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft with a cockpit subassembly made by the Indian company.

The subassembly provides cockpit floodlighting compatible with the aircraft’s Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS). Boeing had awarded BEL an initial contract in March 2011 for work on F/A-18E/F Super Hornet cockpit subassemblies.

“That contract included options to renew annually for up to four years. As a result of BEL’s demonstrated performance, Boeing recently exercised an option to renew the contract for another year,” says Dennis Swanson, vice president for international business development in India for Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

“BEL’s work on P-8I, Super Hornets and Growlers is another example of how Indian companies are becoming a part of the global supply chain while Boeing helps them expand their opportunities across the global aerospace industry,” he says.

Other EA-18G parts produced by BEL include a complex-machined stowage panel for the joint helmet-mounted cueing system connector cable, and an avionics cooling system fan test switch panel with an NVIS-compatible floodlight assembly.

Some of these cockpit subassemblies also will be installed on Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, he says.

In addition to its F/A-18E/F and EA-18G work, BEL provides Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) interrogators and Data Link-II communications systems for the Indian navy’s fleet of P-8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft.

India is buying 12 P-8I planes to boost its maritime domain awareness. The initial contract for eight of these aircraft was signed in January 2009.

Growler photo: U.S. Navy