Leading US defence firms, including Boeing, GE Aviation, General Atomics and Lockheed Martin will be participating in Aero India 2021 to be held in Bengaluru from February 3.
US Chargé d’Affaires Don Heflin will lead a high-level delegation of US government officials and defence industry representatives to the event.
“I am pleased to head this year’s US delegation to Aero India to show our continued commitment to strengthening US-India defence cooperation, in line with India’s status as a Major Defence Partner,” Heflin said.
“US participation in Aero India 2021 reflects our increasingly close bilateral defence ties and our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” he said.
US participation in Aero India 2021 would provide both the US industry and the US military services the opportunity to strengthen military-to-military relations and defence cooperation with India, the US embassy in India said.
“Our two militaries work together to uphold a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific. Public and private participation by the United States in Aero India 2021 demonstrates the importance the United States places on its strategic partnership with India,” it said.
Defence companies like Aerospace Quality Research & Development LLC, Airborn Inc, Boeing, IEH Corporation, GE Aviation, General Atomics, Hi-Tech Import-Export Corporation, L3Harris, Laversab India, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Trakka Systems will display their products in the show.
Among the highlights of the show, a B-1B Lancer heavy bomber, of the 28th Bomb Wing based out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, will perform a ‘fly-by’.
The B-1B Lancer, a supersonic heavy bomber, an aircraft, capable of carrying out missions worldwide from its bases in the US, as well as from forward-deployed locations.
It carries the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the US Air Force and is considered the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force.
Photo Courtesy: Senior Airman James Richardson/US Dept of Defence