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SASMOS, an aerospace and defence company based in Bengaluru, has been awarded a contract by Boeing to supply more than 6,600 wiring harnesses for its P-8A aircraft.
The wiring harness is for the upcoming batch of 16 P-8A Poseidon maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, which will provide another boost to the Indian defence and industrial ecosystem.
Boeing's wire harnesses will be produced through a joint venture (JV) between SASMOS and Fokker Elmo. Pune-based Fokker Elmo is a subsidiary of GKN Aerospace, a well-known supplier to the aerospace sector situated in the UK.
Fokker Elmo SASMOS Interconnection Systems Limited (FE-SIL), a joint venture between Fokker Elmo and SASMOS, has produced wire harnesses for the P-8A and P-8I anti-submarine warfare aircraft. It has also produced other electrical wiring interconnection systems for the aerospace industry.
A wiring harness is an assembly of electrical cables and connector components used to transfer communications or electrical power throughout an aircraft. It has a wing, an engine, a fuselage, landing gear, and a variety of other features. In other words, it functions as the aircraft's nervous system and is crucial for communications and power transmission, assuring the proper operation of mission-critical equipment.
“A partnership is key to Boeing’s success around the world. Our partnership with SASMOS JV is a testimony of our commitment to building a global supply base, as it brings more value to our customers. We believe that building capabilities indigenously will drive innovation and contribute to the growth of the Indian aerospace and defence industry.”Ashwani Bhargava, Senior Director of supply chain management for Boeing, India
SASMOS-Fokker Elmo has been producing wire harnesses for P-8As and P-8Is as well as electrical wiring connectivity systems for the aerospace industry since 2016.
The Boeing P-8 is an American maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft designed and built by Boeing Defence, Space and Security. The P-8 is a powerful asset to the Indian Navy's fleet, having flown more than 450,000 hours without an accident on 153 operational aircraft.
The P-8Is are a subset of the P-8 Poseidon family, with the 'I' standing for India due to their modifications for that country. The Poseidon is used by the US and Indian Navy. The UK, Australian, and Norwegian Air Forces, as well as the Korean and German Navies, are among the other users of this exceptionally well-liked Airborne ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) technology.
“The Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft contract stands as a prestigious acknowledgement of SASMOS, our commitment to quality, design excellence and cutting-edge solutions, by the global aerospace and defence sector. We feel immensely proud to be a part of this deal and excited to showcase the best of our solutions in the project to achieve the finest performance and enhance productivity.”H G Chandrashekar, Chairman & Managing Director, SASMOS HET Technologies Limited
SASMOS has produced more than 40,000 harnesses for more than a hundred aeroplanes and is renowned for its reliability in terms of quality and delivery.
The SASMOS plant in Bengaluru will produce the harnesses, which were created internally. The business has a track record of excellence and performance, and it has successfully fulfilled numerous Boeing orders.
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