NEW DELHI: The Indian defence establishment is showing "increasing interest" in the American offer to supply F/A-18 "Super Hornet" fighters to IAF under the Make in India programme, even as US defence secretary Ash Carter is all set to come visiting from April 10 to 12 to further crank up the bilateral strategic partnership.
With IAF down to just 33 fighter squadrons, and the much-touted Rs 60,000 crore acquisition of 36 French Rafale fighters yet to be clinched a year after the Modi-Hollande summit in Paris announced the proposed deal, sources say India is now also actively exploring the possibility of going in for the F/A-18 fighters manufactured by Boeing.
Why waste money on these 30 year old airplane technology which is almost at the end of it's shelf life?
F/A-18 is the best plane for electronic warfare. Only F-22 and F-35 are better.
Because the plane is of a higher technology than say our Tejas and will give us a foot in the door to future enhancements and to develop our own - we have to start somewhere. Besides Tejas technology is older yet we plan to make them!
It is not of higher technology than Tejas which is a four and half generation plane.
TEJAS and F-16 fall in same category. If F-16 is chosen TEJAS will be killed. If FA/18 comes it will kill Sukhoi-MKI-30. I think TEJAS will continue. F/A-18 is much much better than F-16.
Bonanza for American manufacturers
We are the dumping ground for outdated U S defense technology.Our scientists are capable of producing the best.Take the case of I S R O.
ISRO is way behind even the private companies of America. THESE DAYS ISRO ONLY DOES THE DRAMAS LIKE MARS MISSION which was a total waste of money. American private companies are these days testing landing rockets in the SEA on a barge!!
This is how American economy dominates the world .. F16 to Pakistan, and now, India, needs fighter jets .. ...