Bengaluru (India), February 12: Speaking at a press conference in Bengaluru on the eve of Aero India 2023, the head of the U.S. delegation to Aero India, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones, said the size of the U.S. delegation, impressive USA Partnership Pavilion that will open Monday, and growing diplomatic and security cooperation over the last year “show that the U.S.-India strategic partnership is one of our most consequential relationships.”
“India and the United States are working together in so many ways to ensure a free and open, prosperous, connected, and resilient Indo-Pacific region, where our democracies can thrive. As partners, we’re working together to address climate change; improve global health and prepare for new pandemics; cooperate on cyber challenges; build quality infrastructure; and ensure sustainable supply chains. We’re strengthening our cooperation on critical technologies, from space components to semiconductors,” said Ambassador Jones.
Jedidiah P. Royal, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, who leads the U.S. delegation of senior U.S. government officials from the Department of Defense, said, “These close partnerships have generated tens of thousands of jobs in India and enabled critical transfers of technology and manufacturing expertise to India. U.S. companies have established engineering centers and manufacturing hubs and have also invested in building R&D centers that harness India’s incredibly talented scientists and engineers to advance cutting– edge R&D projects.“
Major General Julian C. Cheater, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, said, “As democracies bookending the Indo-Pacific, the United States and India share a common vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific. That shared vision is strengthened by world-class events like Aero India where we are able to engage in-person to increase trust and understanding.”
Rear Admiral Michael Baker, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi said, “As we mark the one–year anniversary of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, we are excited to be in Bengaluru for Aero India. The U.S.-India Defense relationship is an important element of that strategy – and our Defense Partnership is stronger than ever. This week you will have the chance to see American Air power operating alongside the Indian Air Force: we plan to have a variety of aircraft here, one of our largest delegations ever, and the U.S. Air Force Pacific Band who will perform at venues around Bengaluru.”
Among the major highlights throughout Aero India 2023, an F-16 Fighting Falcon duo, one of the United States Air Force’s (USAF) leading fighter jets, will conduct daily aerial demonstrations. The F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet, the U.S. Navy’s most advanced frontline carrier-based, multi-role strike fighter available today, will be on static display.
On February 13, Ambassador Jones will open the USA Partnership Pavilion at Aero India 2023.
Leading U.S. defense companies participating in Aero India 2023 with exhibits in the USA Partnership Pavilion include Aero Metals Alliance, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Astronautics Corporation of America, Boeing, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, GE Aerospace, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc, Hi-Tech Import Export Corporation, Jonal Laboratories, Inc., Kallman Worldwide, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, TW Metals, LLC, and United Performance Metals. Link to information about U.S. exhibitors at the USA Partnership Pavilion organized by Kallman Worldwide and located in Hall A at Yelahanka Air Force base: https://kallman.com/shows/aero-india-2023
The United States Air Force Band of the Pacific’s seven-member music ensemble Final Approach, based out of Yokota Air Base in Japan, will perform for the public at Aero India on February 16. The rock band will also perform for the general public from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on February 15 at the St. Joseph’s University auditorium, Langford Road in Bengaluru.
Below are links to the manufacturers’ descriptions and imagery of the above-mentioned platforms.
U.S. Air Force:
F-16 Fighting Falcon, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (Static)
Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team, Misawa Air Base, Japan (Aerial Demo)
F/A-18E Super Hornet, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan (Static)
Photo caption 1 (L-R): Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Jedidiah P. Royal; U.S. Embassy New Delhi Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones; Major General Julian C. Cheater, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs; and Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché Rear Admiral Michael Baker at a press conference in Bengaluru on the U.S. participation at Aero India 2023.
Photo caption 2 (L-R): Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Jedidiah P. Royal; U.S. Embassy New Delhi Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones; Major General Julian C. Cheater, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs; and Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché Rear Admiral Michael Baker at a press conference in Bengaluru on the U.S. participation at Aero India 2023.