Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd delivers 200th gun bay door to Boeing for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet naval fighter - Broadsword by Ajai Shukla - Strategy. Economics. Defence.

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Friday 29 October 2021

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd delivers 200th gun bay door to Boeing for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet naval fighter

S Manicka Vasagam of HAL hands over delivery documents for gun bay doors to Ashwani Bhargava, Director-Supplier Development (Boeing India)

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has made a milestone delivery of the 200th gun bay door for Boeing’s naval fighter -- the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. HAL has been supplying the aero-structure to Boeing for the last 10 years.


HAL’s Aircraft Division has been a trusted supplier to Boeing for the last three decades. The Division has supplied various aero-structures for Boeing’s military and civil programs such as the Boeing 757 over-wing exit doors, 777 up-lock box, F/A-18 wire harness and F/A-18 gun bay door. 


HAL chief, R Madhavan, said, “HAL has a long-standing partnership with Boeing and we look forward to strengthening our association on military and civil programs. We are prepared to collaborate with Boeing to boost manufacturing under the Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India programs”.


Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India, said: “Our partnership with HAL is an example of our commitment to Atmanirbhar Bharat and to the growth of India’s aerospace and defence ecosystem. We see tremendous potential for India to contribute to the global aerospace industry as an industrial and technology partner.  This partnership is a testimony to the world class capability of our industrial partners in the country.”



  1. Its good to note that HAL is a supplier of parts to various US aircraft manufactures. However, it is hoped that HAL focuses on developing aircrafts on its own and in the process lives to its full potential.

  2. It is good that HAL can make these components for Boeing, but will such manufacturing stop for the various military fighter aircraft planned to be built by India, to be commenced in the future? Would it have been possible for HAL to build the Rafale and the Tejas at the same time


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