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India Denies Boeing Second Aerospace Coup

No Delhi deal for Super Hornet

Boeing Co. hoped to follow up on its $30 billion Air Force tanker contract win with another aerospace defense coup, an $11 billion contract to supply India with a new fleet of fighter planes.

Pitching for Boeing was President Barack Obama and the U.S. Ambassador to India, but the Indian government, in April, announced the final match-up of contenders, and it didn’t include

Boeing’s proposed F/A-18 Super Hornet nor Lockheed Martin’s F-16.

Timothy Roemer, U.S. ambassador to New Delhi, said he was “deeply disappointed” in the decision and resigned his post the same day.

The U.S. had hoped its tighter relations with India had cinched the deal for a U.S. fighter. Obama lobbied for the contract and last year promised to back India’s bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

The final match-up is between the Eurofighter, made by European defense giant EADS, and the Rafale, made by the French company Dassault.

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