Thursday, April 13, 2006

US keen to rope in India on its Rs 4-bn Boeing project

New Delhi: A high-level team from Boeing will give the Navy a classified briefing this week on the P-8A Maritime Multimission Aircraft (MMA), a futuristic reconnaisance and oceanic warfare jet to be rolled out by 2013 for the US Navy.
This afternoon, Boeing president & CEO James McNerney paid a 10-minute courtesy call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his office.
Both Boeing and the Pentagon are keen to engage the Indian Navy as a technical partner in the $3.89 billion P-8A programme — an unprecedented proposal that would have remained a pipedream if it wasn’t for the new strategic relationship between the two countries.
Last year, the firm landed a $6 billion deal with Air India for civil jets and is in the country for more business opportunities, which include a full-fledged maintenance and overhaul facility in Nagpur and a training school.
The Boeing president was hosted for lunch by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel today. President George W Bush himself, in his initial meetings with the Prime Minister, had pushed for more business with Boeing.
12/04/06 Shiv Aroor/Indian Express