Tue, 07 Jun 2011 08:57:42 GMT

Corporate America hails India's decision to buy 10 Boeing C17s

Washington: Welcoming India's decision to buy 10 Boeing C-17 heavy-lift aircraft for its Air Force, US-India business body today said it is a testament to New Delhi's confidence in having the US as its long-term defence partner.

Corporate America hails India's decision to buy 10 Boeing C17s

"This is testament to India's appreciation of US technology and confidence in the US as a long-term defence sales partner. This largest-ever Indian purchase of US defence technology, we hope, will be just the beginning of much more to come," said Ron Somers, president of US India Business Council (USIBC) after Indian government took decision in this regard.

Marking the biggest defence deal between India and the US, India yesterday gave green signal to procurement of 10 C-17 heavy-lift military aircraft at a cost of USD4.1 billion, weeks after America lost out in the bid for 126 fighter deal.

Once delivered, Indian Air Force will be the owner and operator of the largest C-17 fleet outside the US.

Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing is the manufacturer of the C-17 aircraft. The C-17 is a large transport aircraft used for rapid strategic and tactical airlift of tanks, supplies and troops, as well as perform medical evacuations.

It can land on short and rough runways.

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