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Report: US Delegation to Promote Arms Exports at Farnborough Airshow

Peter Navarro, White House trade adviser, will lead the U.S. delegation that will attend the seven-day Farnborough Airshow in the U.K., to help promote the administration’s “Buy American” program that seeks to increase exports of U.S.-made aircraft and weapon systems, Reuters reported Sunday.

Industry sources said officials from the U.S. Air Force, Commerce Department and the Defense Department’s weapons export administration will join the U.S. delegation at the airshow that will kick off on July 16.

Andrea Thompson, undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department, will attend the event, according to a department official.

The State Department official said the U.S. recorded over $43.4 billion in sales in the first seven months of this year to foreign governments.

The report noted that Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics are among the defense contractors that are expected to benefit from the Conventional Arms Transfer Policy.

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