U.S. Says India-Boeing Deal Will Support 23,000 Jobs

Roemer: Deal will benefit more than 600 U.S. firms indirectly.

The U.S. ambassador to India earlier this week hailed India's decision to buy military-transport planes worth more than $4 billion from Chicago-based Boeing Co., saying the deal will sustain 23,000 American jobs.

The U.S. reaction came after the Indian cabinet approved a long-pending program to acquire 10 C-17 Globemaster III planes from Boeing.

"This comprehensive purchase will support an estimated 23,000 jobs in the United States," U.S. ambassador Timothy Roemer said in statement.

He said the deal also would provide India with maintenance infrastructure and aircrew training, and that more than 600 American firms would benefit indirectly.

The C-17 advanced airlifter can carry large combat equipment and troops or humanitarian aid across international distances to small airfields, according to Boeing.

India is spending billions of dollars to upgrade its military with hardware imports from Britain, France, Israel, Russia and the United States.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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