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15th February 2023 (5 Topics)

U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancer lands at Aero India 2023

Context

The United States Air Force (USAF) has once again sent their B-1B Lancers and an array of other defence machinery to participate in the Aero Show 2023 held in Bengaluru.

About

What is B-1B Lancer?

  • B-1B Lancer, also known as ‘Bone’ (for B-one), carries the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the USAF.
    • It is considered the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force.
    • This is the second time that the long-range, supersonic, heavy bomber is participating in Aero India.
      • The aircraft performed a fly-by on the inaugural day of Aero India 2021, escorted by an Indian Air Force Tejas fighter.
  • The long-range, supersonic heavy bomber which is dubbed Bone (for “B-one”) carries the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the USAF.
    • Apart from the B-1s, the US lineup at the biennial air show includes the USAF’s newest fifth-generation fighters – the stealthy, supersonic, multirole F-35A Lightning II and F-35A Joint Strike Fighter. 
  • An F-16 Fighting Falcon duo has been conducting daily aerial demonstrations, while the US Navy F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole fighters are on static display.

Significance

  • Strategic partnership: The return of the long-range, supersonic, heavy bomber to India to participate in Aero India 2023 underscores the importance the United States places on the growing strategic partnership with India.

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