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which engages India’s armed forces to understand future capability needs. Indian suppliers such as HAL, BEL, Avantel, Electronics Corporation of India, Dynamatic Technologies and Tata Advanced Materials provide components that will be integrated into the U.S. Navy’s P-8A and Indian Navy’s P-8I aircraft. Since 1997, Boeing has also worked with India’s premier soft-ware development companies to set up centers of excellence in various areas, including systems re-engineering and development, test and evaluation, business systems, analytics, and Commercial Aviation Services information technology applications. Boeing’s Indian presence is further strengthened through its subsidiaries—Jeppesen in Hyderabad, NARUS in Bangalore and Continental Data Graphics in Chennai—which are also expanding in the country. Boeing has had an active corporate citizenship program in India for more than six years, with a focus on health care and education. It has included both corporate funding and volunteer support. “We have actively engaged with more than 15 organizations and self-help community groups at eight locations throughout the country,” Kumar said. “We estimate that approximately 85,000 people have benefited from these efforts over the past five years, including 16,000 who benefited in 2012 alone.” In India, Boeing has been a dedicated supporter of Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries to children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. Education programs supported by Boeing include Building Blocks, which provides early learning opportunities for children ages 3 to 6 from impoverished families. Save the Children India, also supported by Boeing, is a voca-tional skills development program for women and adolescent girls in Sarai Kale Khan Village, New Delhi. Kumar said the Indian people are proud of their heritage, which dates back 5,000 years. However, the country is focused on the future and becoming an important player in the global economy. Many leaders have Western university educations. Added Kumar about India and its people, “They’re part of the modern world, while retaining the values of the past. Their beliefs, which have been passed on from generation to generation, are still intact,” he said. “At the same time, they are very comfortable blending into the Western world. We are excited about our growing partnership with India and exploring its many possibilities.” n william.j.seil@boeing.com 30 BOEING FRONTIERS / FEBRUARY 2013 PHOTOS: (Bottom right) Children gather in one of four play areas funded by Boeing at Building Blocks, which provides early learning opportunities for children ages 3 to 6 from impoverished families. (Insets, from left) Children at Building Blocks show off new uniforms provided by Boeing. BUILDING BLOCKS A child with a cleft palate deformity is examined by an Operation Smile medical volunteer; a child looks at herself for the first time after receiving cleft lip surgery; parents are shown with their child, who received surgery provided by Operation Smile. OPERATION SMILE


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