The agreement with India to sell 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military aircrafts would create large number of jobs in Connecticut, an American lawmaker has said while welcoming the announcement in this regard by U.S. President Barack Obama during his India visit.

“This is great news for our state and the employees at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford and Middletown. I praise President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Singh for working together to make this historic agreement possible for both nations. This is a win-win situation for the United States and India, increasing our trade and economic relations for years to come,” Congressman John. B. Larson said.

The Boeing C-17 military aircraft is powered by four Pratt & Whitney engines and with spares, it is expected that India would purchase approximately 45 engines.

As stated by Boeing and the White House, this trade agreement is valued at approximately USD 4.1 billion and supports an estimated 22,160 jobs nationwide, including thousands in Connecticut.

Mr. Larson had spearheaded an initiative this year to invite diplomatic leaders from across the world to meet with Connecticut business owners and leaders to increase trade opportunities in the state.

Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Meera Shankar visited Pratt & Whitney executives and workers in July.

“Earlier this year, I was proud to arrange a visit by Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar to Pratt to meet with Mr. Chenevert and UTC executives as well as an opportunity for her to speak to the machinists,” Mr. Larson said.

“Ambassador Shankar spoke to both groups about the great economic opportunity of trade between her nation and the United States,” the Democratic Congressman said.

“Over the next two years, I will continue inviting Ambassadors from foreign nations to Connecticut to meet with our businesses and further establish trade relations that will benefit our state in the future.”

“Manufacturing is our state’s DNA and today’s announcement represents the great significance of why we need to continue our vigilance in Congress to support the “Making it in America” agenda,” Mr. Larson added.

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