A Boeing spokesman says a $4 billion order from India for 10 military jets is expected to save jobs in the U.S. and extend the life of the Southern California plant where the giant cargo planes are assembled.
Jerry Drelling said Monday the order has a $5.8 billion annual economic impact and that the jobs of about 25,000 workers in 44 states depend on the C-17 planes.
Boeing is the largest employer in the city of Long Beach, 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Drelling says that without the order by the Indian government, the last of the plant's current orders would be delivered in December 2012.
The C-17 is a large transport aircraft and is used to airlift tanks, supplies and troops, as well as perform medical evacuations.