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Next stop: Bangalore to Inaugurate the U.S. Pavilion at Aero India and Visit Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s Facilities

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Locke and And Ambassador Roemer in HAL helicopter

Today Secretary Locke flew to Bangalore for the second stop of his high-technology business development trade mission to India.

Locke’s first stop on his visit was Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) facilities. HAL is one of Asia’s largest aerospace companies, employing approximately 34,000 people with roughly $2 billion in annual revenue. The company has partnered with leading U.S. aerospace manufacturers – Boeing, Honeywell, and Lockheed Martin – on several projects. The U.S export content value for HAL is $40 to $50 million dollars annually with hundreds of millions in future export opportunities.

“HAL’s supplier and partnership arrangements with U.S. companies are producing tangible benefits for both our economies by generating greater industrial cooperation and commercial commitments, technology sharing, and high-value jobs in both countries,” Locke said.

Later in the day, Locke participated in an Aero India 2011 press conference with U.S. Ambassador Timothy Roemer, and met with American Chamber of Commerce and U.S. India Business Council delegates. U.S. participation in Aero India is the largest to date with over 40 U.S. companies. At Aero India, Secretary Locke inaugurated the U.S. pavilion and met with India’s Defense Minister A.K. Antony. India’s growing aviation sector offers U.S. aerospace companies an estimated $55 billion in export opportunities in large civilian aircraft and civil aviation infrastructure during the next five years.

Secretary Locke Arrives at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Locke and And Ambassador Roemer in HAL helicopter Secretary Locke Holds a Meeting with Executives of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Secretary Locke with Ambassador Roemer and Members of the Armed Forces at Aero India Secretary Locke Addresses Aero India Secretary Locke Addresses the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangalore Secretary Locke Answers a Question While Ambassador Roemer Looks On

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