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Dodd: Purchase of C-17 Aircraft by Indian Air Force Will Stregthen Connecticut's Defense Industry


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Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the following statement today after it was announced that the Indian Air Force has signed a preliminary agreement to purchase 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military aircrafts with Pratt & Whitney engines. The announcement was made during President Obama's recent visit to the country.

"The purchase of 10 C-17 aircraft represents a great investment in Connecticut's defense industry," said Dodd. "This agreement strengthens our relationship with India's robust economy and supports defense jobs at Pratt & Whitney's East Hartford and Middletown locations, giving our state's economy a much needed boost. It is my hope that this increase in business will also persuade United Technologies to reconsider its plans to close two of its Connecticut plants."

According to the White House and Boeing, this trade agreement is valued at approximately $4.1 billion and would support the creation of an estimated 22,160 jobs nationwide. Once fulfilled, the Indian Air Force will be the owner and operator of the largest fleet of C-17 aircraft outside of the United States.

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