US Welcomes India-Boeing Deal

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is welcoming India's decision to buy military transport aircraft from the U.S. aerospace giant Boeing, saying the deal will create 23,000 American jobs.

India's Cabinet on Monday approved a $4 billion agreement to buy 10 C-17 aircraft from Boeing.

U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer says the sale captures the “mutual benefits” of the U.S.-India partnership, with India adding to its strategic, defense and humanitarian capabilities and the U.S. adding thousands of new jobs. Roemer said Tuesday that over 600 suppliers throughout America will benefit from the sale.

The C-17 aircraft is capable of carrying combat equipment, troops and supplies across long distances while being able to land at smaller airstrips.

The U.S. ambassador says the aircraft will help India respond to natural disasters and deploy peacekeeping troops around the world.

The deal still needs further approval.