The Indian Navy issued a Request for International (RFI) for 57 multi-role carrier borne fighters (MRCBF) for its burgeoning aircraft carrier fleet.
Besides mandating the transfer-of-technology for manufacturing in India and access to the platform for custom weapons and sub-systems configuration, the RFI inquires of the prospective candidates ability for short take-off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) and catapult-assisted take-off but with arrested recovery (CATOBAR) operations, the latter cementing the Indian Navy plans for a CATOBAR carrier.
This RFI follows the Indian Navy earlier decision, made in December 2016, to not proceed with using the naval variant of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas on the INS Vikrant, the Navy forthcoming aircraft carrier (being built in India). The Navy citied the Tejas inability to operate from ski-jump launches when fully armed and fuelled as the main factor in its decision. Read More…