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.