Several Air Force assets are part of the US military’s display of aircraft and equipment at the Aero India 2009 air show that starts today at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bangalore, India, and runs through Sunday. The Air Force has sent a C-17 and C-130J as well as an F-16 and KC-135, according to a release from Pacific Air Forces. And, we are told, the Hawaii Air National Guard has sent its Eagle Vision ground system that processes commercial satellite imagery. A Navy F/A-18 will also be present. Variants of the F-16 and F/A-18 are in contention to be India’s new medium, multi-role combat aircraft. Overall, the government of India expects 592 exhibitors from 25 countries at the show, one of Asia’s premier aerial events.
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."