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Korea might be ready to buy some Boeing (NYSE: BA) military planes. But in return, Korean aerospace contractors want in on the aerospace manufacturing action.
Korean Consul General Moon Duk-ho said during a Thursday conference at Joint Base Lewis McChord just south of Tacoma that his country is considering an estimated $1.2 billion Boeing tanker purchase in June.
But if Boeing wants to win that contract, the country wants the company to send some of its manufacturing work there as well.
During a panel on overseas military sales, Moon said he’s happy that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will visit Korea for the first time from Aug. 29 through Sept. 2.
But he isn’t so happy about the amount of work Boeing and other aerospace companies have sent to his country, versus the amount sent to Japan.
Moon suggested the Korean government will examine U.S. support of Korea’s aerospace industry when it chooses between buying Boeing’s Everett-built flying tanker, and the competing aircraft from Airbus at the end of June.
“Boeing has many things to give us,” Moon said in a brief aside after his remarks. “We need a Boeing offset from your side.”