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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Asia / Pacific) Jun 12, 2011

Boeing Taiwan will receive 30 Boeing AH-64 Block III Apache helicopters under a new contract signed with the US government, a US Army official announced on 10 June. The order marks the latest show of US military support to Taiwan despite deep objections by China, and confirms the first international customer for the AH-64 Block III. Col Shane Openshaw, the army's AH-64 project manager, said Taiwan's first new-build helicopter will enter production in October, with the rest of the aircraft sprinkled through Boeing's production program. Jun 10, 2011

Boeing USIBC Hails IndiaOs Landmark $4.1 Billion Purchase of Boeing C-17s. The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) hails Indian government approval to buy 10 aircraft from Boeing. The Indian government has agreed to spend $4.1 billion to purchase 10 C-17 Globemaster III planes from Boeing, with the option to order another six C-17 aircraft. The transaction follows an April decision by India to exclude Boeing and Lockheed Martin for a roughly $10 billion contract for 126 fighter jets for the country's air force. Once delivered, the Indian Air Force will be the owner and operator of the largest fleet of C-17s outside of the United States. The Boeing C-17, which is used for rapid strategic airlift of troops and cargo to main operating bases, and forward-operating bases, throughout the world. It can also perform tactical airlifts, medical evacuation, and airdrop missions. The C-17 can transport large payloads and land on short, rough runways. Boeing reports that each plane supports 650 suppliers across 44 states in the U.S., and that this order will support BoeingOs C-17 production facility in Long Beach, California for an entire year. The transaction is valued at approximately $4.1 billion, all of which is U.S. export content, supporting an estimated 22,160 jobs. The deal comes with an offset requirement valued at $1.2 billion. This offset is to facilitate IndiaOs domestic capability to expand its own defense manufacturing prowess. The...

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