• Holds the round table virtually pre-Farnborough Air Show
  • Pandemic does not deter the spirit and Boeing’s commitment to Indian Armed forces

By Sangeeta Saxena

New Delhi. 15 July 2020. It was extremely uncanny, buton the evening team ADU would have started its journey to cover Farnborough International Air Show 2020 , it was sitting in Delhi and attending the Boeing Indian Media Round table  virtually,  pre-Farnborough International Airshow 2020 .

FIA has gone virtual for this year and hasn’t let COVID-19 pandemic deter the spirits of the team and we have FINN Connect to keep the show live in our hearts and minds. And as always Boeing takes the lead and makes us feel – tough times never last tough people do.

And for the sixth time in continuity the Boeing Indian Media Round Table was held with the same spirit and never say die attitude. For us die hard journalists who have never missed a Farnborough Air Show since we entered the profession, the highlight of each show would always be a discussion on Boeing’s commitment to Indian defence forces. And 2020 was no different. Or should we say it was a FIA with a difference- for the Indian media it began with the Boeing Indian Media Round Table.

At a virtual pre-Farnborough Air Show 2020 briefing, Thom Breckenridge, vice president of International Sales for Strike, Surveillance and Mobility, Boeing Defense, Space & Security discussed its delivery of two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet flight test aircraft to the U.S. Navy. Boeing is on schedule to deliver next-generation Block III capabilities to the U.S. Navy in 2021. By 2024, one squadron per carrier air wing will consist of Block III Super Hornets. The same Block III aircraft that is being built for the US. Navy is on offer to the India Navy.

Torbjorn (Turbo) Sjogren, vice president, International Government and Defence, highlighted trends in government services offerings seen around the world in digital, training, supply chain and maintenance.

The session ended with a Q&A from the media