Chennai. 10 February 2023.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Elizabeth Jones will lead the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Aero India from February 12-17, 2023, in Bengaluru.  

“It will be an honor to lead the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Aero India to showcase the world-class equipment, training, capability and interoperability the U.S. industry and military offer. As India modernizes its defense capabilities, certainly we want to be the partner of choice.  We are increasingly focused on mutually beneficial co-production and co-development partnerships. We see India as an indispensable partner for a safer, more prosperous, more open, and freer Indo-Pacific region,” said Ambassador Jones. 

A cross-section of U.S. military members and impressive aircraft will also feature at Aero India 2023.   

The U.S. government delegation to Aero India will include:    

  • Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to India;  
  • Jedidiah P. Royal, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs;  
  • Rear Admiral Michael Baker, Senior Defense Official, U.S. Embassy New Delhi; 
  • Mira K. Resnick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Security, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs;  
  • Judith Ravin, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Chennai; 
  • Justin K. McFarlin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Development and International Engagement; 
  • Michael F. Miller, Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency;  
  • Maj. Gen. Julian C. Cheater, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs;  
  • Brig. Gen. Joel W. Safranek, Director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate and Director of International Affairs, Air Force Materiel Command;  
  • Karla Horn, Executive Director of the Navy International Programs Office; 
  • J. Mario Miranda, Director of Technology, Security, and Cooperative Programs at the Navy International Programs Office; 
  • Carey Arun, Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Consulate General Chennai, and 
  • Peter Evans, Deputy Director for Regional Security and Arms Transfers, U.S. Department of State

Leading U.S. defense companies participating in Aero India 2023 with exhibits in the USA Partnership Pavilion include Aero Metals Alliance, Astronautics Corporation of America, Boeing, GE Aerospace, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc, Hi-Tech Import Export Corporation, Jonal Laboratories, Inc., Kallman Worldwide, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, and TW Metals, LLC. 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: 

In the spirit of bilateral support for India’s largest aviation exhibition, the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific’s seven-member music ensemble Final Approach will perform for the public at Aero India on February 16 and at several venues in Bengaluru throughout the week. 

Robust U.S. engagement at Aero India strengthens the U.S.-India defense partnership, demonstrates our commitment to the security of the Indo-Pacific, promotes interoperability, and displays the flexible combat capabilities of the U.S. Military. As President Joe Biden said, “The future of each of our nations – and indeed the world – depends on a free and open Indo-Pacific enduring and flourishing in the decades ahead.”