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U.S.-India Defense Partnership Grows with American Defense Delegation visit to India next week

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C.03 February (Asiantribune.com): The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) will launch an Executive Defense Mission to India to participate in Aero India 2007, between February 4 and February 11, 2007 led by William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Clinton and CEO of The Cohen Group, and Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering of The Boeing Company.

The Mission seeks to consolidate the momentum of the recent U.S.-India strategic partnership to showcase American excellence in technology superiority, reliability, and long-term partnership.

Aero India 2007 provides a forum for U.S. aerospace companies to build alliances, find partners, and share cutting-edge technology with India.

The sixth biennial ‘Aero India 2007’ is held in Bangalore, India’s hub for aerospace and high technology.

This is the first time in history that the U.S. Government has approved such a large fleet of military aircraft for static and flying display in a major air show. Senior officials from the
Department of Defense will also attend, clearly demonstrating U.S. commitment to India as a long-term partner.

USIBC Chairman's Circle Members Boeing and Lockheed Martin are represented by senior executives on the mission, and have planned elaborate chalets to entertain their customers and dignitaries. Boeing will showcase the F/A-18f, C-17 transport aircraft, and Chinook heavy-lift chopper, while Lockheed Martin will showcase the F-16, C-130j, and P-3c.

USIBC's seventh defense mission to India comes on the heels of unprecedented U.S.-India strategic defense cooperation, as embodied in the successful passage of the Civilian Nuclear Legislation last year in the United States Congress.

Led by USIBC, the American business community continues to serve as the leading advocate for a stronger strategic partnership with India.

The USIBC delegation represents leading U.S. defense companies attending Aero India 2007, India's largest ever air show. In addition to Boeing and Lockheed Martin, companies on the Mission include Honeywell, General Electric, Raytheon, The Cohen Group, United Technologies Corporation/Pratt & Whitney, Bell Helicopter Textron, Emergent Bio-Solutions, L-3 Communications, and The Fremont Group. Many of these companies will be displaying their equipment at the show. High-level meetings are scheduled with the Government of India, including the Indian Ministry of Defense.

"The U.S.-India Business Council is pleased to once again accompany America's finest companies to India, where we can demonstrate our commitment as a long-term partner in the aerospace and defense sectors of India. U.S. industry looks forward to working closely with India's defense and aerospace establishments to advance its critical defense systems," Ron
Somers, president of USIBC said.

Members of the delegation look forward to engaging with industry and business leaders. Hosted from February 7 to 11, 2007 by the Department of Defense Production, Ministry of Defense, in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Farnborough International Ltd, the sixth biennial 'Aero India 2007' in Bangalore, India's hub for aerospace and high technology, promises to be a truly spectacular aviation gathering. USIBC has partnered with FICCI to achieve overall mission objectives.

The U.S.-India Business Council is based in Washington, DC, with offices in New York, Silicon Valley in California and New Delhi. USIBC is the premier advocacy organization representing over 230 of the largest U.S. companies investing in India, joined by global Indian companies, promoting economic reforms with an aim to deepen trade relations and broaden commercial ties.

- Asian Tribune -

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