(From left to right) Representatives of US House Armed Services Committee Chrissy Houlahan and Austin Scott, committee chairman Adam Smith and US Consul General Joel Reifman. DC Image
HYDERABAD: A bipartisan congressional delegation of US lawmakers visited Tata-Boeing and Tata-Lockheed Martin facilities in the city on Friday and Saturday.
These facilities feed critical components into Boeing (Apache helicopter fuselages) and Lockheed Martin (C-130 cargo plane empennages and F-16 fighter jet wing sets) global supply chain and production. While in Hyderabad, the legislators also met leaders of US firms and visited the $300 million new consulate compound at Nanakramguda (financial district).
"The US and Indian firms have created an ecosystem for the aerospace and defence industry in the state of Telangana," said US Consul General Joel Reifman. "The visit of this congressional delegation underscores the importance that the United States places on India as a valuable partner in the Indo-Pacific," he added.
The delegation included three members of the US House Armed Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over the department of defence, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, and joint interoperability. Led by committee chairman Adam Smith, the delegation also included representatives Chrissy Houlahan and Austin Scott.