F/A-18 Super Hornets For Indian Navy – Boeing Calls Its Fighter Jets ‘Advanced, Affordable And Lethal’
By Eurasian times
India’s hunt for an advanced fighter for its indigenous aircraft carrier could soon be over as it gears up to induct the IAC-1 Vikrant in August. After the testing of Dassault Rafale is completed, the Navy is set to test the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets in March.
Boeing’s Block III variant of the Super Hornet is in the fray alongside Rafale Marine for India’s carrier-borne aircraft tender. Currently, the Navy uses the Russian MiG-29K that it has been looking to replace with a new aircraft for a while owing to several concerns.
In its proposal, US aerospace giant Boeing has given an elaborate and attractive offer to the Indian Navy calling its Super Hornet jet a lethal, advanced, and affordable aircraft.
Boeing India has pitched the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III as an aircraft that can provide the Navy with a unique and differentiated capability in the form of an advanced, combat-proven, multi-role naval fighter that is fully compatible with Indian Navy carriers. It added that the deal would strengthen the two countries’ growing maritime and defense relationship.
The F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet is a carrier-based fighter designed for high-load, high-stress operations. It requires minimum support equipment and has a remarkable low cost per flight hour while maintaining high mission readiness.
Because it interfaces with assets like the P-8I, the F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet can operate as a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.