Rafale-M vs Super Hornet: Navy hunts for fighters; IAC Vikrant likely to be commissioned in August
“阵风-M” VS 超级大黄蜂：“维克兰特”号航母或在8月服役，印度海军挑选舰载机
India is looking for naval fighters for the indigenous aircraft carrier, the IAC Vikrant which is undergoing trials for likely commissioning in August. The contest is between Rafale-M, the marine version of the French fighter and U.S-made F/A-18 block III Super Hornet. The Rafale-M recently demonstrated the ski-jump at the shore-based test facility in Goa. The Boeing F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet is expected to showcase the ski-jump capability at Goa facility in March.
舰载机的选择，是在法国海军版“阵风-M”和美国制造的F/A-18 block III超级大黄蜂之间进行的。
波音F/A-18 Block III超级大黄蜂预计将于3月在果a展示滑跃起飞能力。
Well the Rafael is the better jet individually, but the Fa 18 fits the Navy's needs better....
Hats of to all the defence experts in the comment section
I have just 1 issue with the FA-18 and that is we will have one more type of aircraft then. We already have too much diversity in our fleet. Having 1 more type will only increase the maintenance cost.Anyways Navy should buy what they find good. We're not some defence expert.
Hopefully the IN does the smartest thing of buying the fighter naval jets which can be integrated with as many Indian made won sy ems.
F/A 18 is US jet so it comes with terms and conditions applied
US won’t allow modifications on the jet
We should have a mix of technology. Instead of depending on one single source we may diversify the source. Super Hornet is the best in the world and shall prefer it. But, US is one country, which is notorious in denying supply of spares for po itical reason at the time of crises. The go nment should add a suitable clause in the aggrement which will prect our interest.
It doesn't matter how good the fighter plane I'm sure both Rafael and Super Hornet are good (not the best) but it all depends on who or which company can Lobby the best! And feel the pockets of Ministers and Bureaucrats.
By the time we decide between these two it will be late and Indian Navy will cancel this program and focus on our own TEDBF program
Fa 18 would be good, having different region of fighters will make a good impact on india fighter fleet as well as good relation with usa.. we are already having rafale variety in our air force.
Just use Mig 21 for everything, if it can shoot down F 16, certainly it can take off from Vikrant and land too.
I think we should go with Rafael M bcoz France is a reliable partner as compared to USA.. Every time go nment changes in USA their foreign policies also take a u turn n if upcoming go nment in USA don't showed leverage in providing these fighter aircrafts on time Or they demanded for more price of super hornet then it will be a big big problem for India..
Get f/a18 for navey and more Rafael for airforce for good bnce
I like F/A-18, i had chance to sit in a F/A-18 super hornet in USA.. It's a dam good plane
Indian on Wheels
F/A-18 Super Hornet will be preferred over Rafale M due much advance capabilities in US Navy
Go nment should indeed choose the best one. But if both the planes are equally competent, we should go for hornet as out relationships with US have seen backlash in a past few days as we purchased S400 from Russia and Rafale from France.
We need US support to counter China and to make out Foreign Repo. No matter how US is . Yes they are biased they look for their own benefits but now u need foreign support
INS vikrant is a Mighty Beast I hv seen it in real
This modernization teaches us a lesson....all these years pakistan was our target mainly....hence our development was just to match them....now we realised pakistan is just a paw the main enemy is china...so we are racing to match them now....Your enemies should have a class and strength more than you....then only thier scope for growth..just like China's target is to surpass U.S ....
I think we should go for JF 17 Thunder Naval version for IAC 1. It's overall much better than Rafale and Super Hornet combined.
Dr Suresh Babu Cheelapogu
Better to depend on US for navy, Airforce on France... Army on Russia
I think Rafael M is better its equally strong but lighter in weight & smaller in size which will help in sea.. But again Rafael M is costlier ...
F/A-18 needs catapult for taking off from an aircraft carrier. Unfortunately, India's carrier use Ski-jump technique for take off.
Rafale is the best choice, FA 18 occupies a more space than Rafale
Also in Operational Cost Rafale is Cher than FA 18
I have a bad feeling that we will go for f18 because of cost issue
Block 3 super hornet is better imo.
Choosing Rafale will be more sensible as air force already operates them. This is bring down logistics cost.
I think for our defence we go with Rafael only
Best would be a combo of both aircrafts
Madhukar Jonathan Minj
Whenever someone's buy any American jet,the American go nment makes the buyer sign some agreements,India has hence avoided buying American jets since those agreements apparently undermine the sovereignty of ours.
I think india must prefer Rafale m version just due to unstable India US relations
What happened to Make in India? Anything anyone is selling, India buys.
F/A18 better than MIGs.