Seeking to consolidate the momentum of the recent US-India strategic partnership, an executive Defence Mission would be arriving in India to participate in the country's major air show - Aero India 2007.
The Mission, launched by the US-India Business Council (USIBC), would be led by William S Cohen, former US Secretary of Defence and CEO of The Cohen Group, and Ambassador Thomas R Pickering of The Boeing Company.
It would essentially showcase American excellence in technology superiority, reliability, and long-term partnership at the prestigious show, which would be organised between February 4 and February 11, 2007,
"Aero India 2007 provides an excellent platform for US aerospace companies to build alliances, find partners, and share cutting-edge technology with India. This is the first time in history that the US Government has approved such a large fleet of military aircraft for static and flying display in a major air show" the USIBC has said in a release.
Senior officials from the Department of Defence will also attend the show with a view to demonstrate US commitment to India as a long-term partner.
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. Lockheed Martin will showcase the F-16, C-130j, and P-3c.
"USIBCFs seventh defence mission to India comes on the heels of unprecedented US-India strategic defence cooperation, as embodied in the successful passage of the Civilian Nuclear Legislation.