Supersonic heavy bomber B1B Lancer to ‘fly’ at Aero India

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American long range supersonic heavy bomber, the ‘B1B Lancer’ will do a ‘fly by’ at the Aero India in Bangalore, the host city in Southern India.

The  Aero-India 2021 is being conducted February 3 to February 5 and the ‘fly-by’ will part of wide speared US participation at the event.

Announcing the ‘fly-by’ of the bomber,  US Consulate at Chennai  said the B-1B Lancer heavy bomber, of the 28th Bomb Wing based out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, will perform.

The B-1B Lancer, a supersonic heavy bomber, is capable of carrying out missions worldwide from its bases in the United States, as well as from forward deployed locations.  It carries the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the U.S. Air Force and is considered the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force.

Features

The B-1B’s blended wing/body configuration, variable-geometry wings and turbofan afterburning engines, combine to provide long range, maneuverability and high speed while enhancing survivability. Forward wing settings are used for takeoff, landings, air refueling and in some high-altitude weapons employment scenarios. Aft wing sweep settings – the main combat configuration — are typically used during high subsonic and supersonic flight, enhancing the B-1B’s maneuverability in the low- and high-altitude regimes. The B-1B’s speed and superior handling characteristics allow it to seamlessly integrate in mixed force packages. These capabilities, when combined with its substantial payload, excellent radar targeting system, long loiter time and survivability, make the B-1B a key element of any joint composite strike force.

A B-1B Lancer flies a combat patrol over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The B-1B has the capability to carry guided and unguided weapons and deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against specific targets. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

US participation

Don Heflin, US Chargé d’Affaires, 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 U.S. delegation to Aero India to show our continued commitment to strengthening U.S.-India defense cooperation, in line with India’s status as a Major Defence Partner,” Heflin said. 

“U.S. participation in Aero India 2021 reflects our increasingly close bilateral defense ties and our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” It provides both U.S. industry and the U.S. military services the opportunity to strengthen military-to-military relations and defense cooperation with India. 

“ 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.”

US statement

The U.S. Government delegation will include:  

  • Don Heflin, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires.
  • Ms. Kelli L. Seybolt Air Force Deputy Undersecretary, International Affairs.
  • Lieutenant General David A. Krumm 11th Air Force Commander.
  • Major General Mark E. Weatherington 8th Air Force Commander.
  • Brigadier General Brian Bruckbauer Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate Director.
  • Judith Ravin, U.S. Consul General in Chennai.
  • Aileen Nandi, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Commercial Service.
  • Rear Admiral Eileen Laubacher, Defense Attaché U.S. Embassy New Delhi..

US Companies

Leading US defence companies are also participating in Aero India 2021, including 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.

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