After French Rafales, American F/A-18 fighters to demonstrate their capabilities to Indian Navy
NEW DELHI: Ahead of the slated commissioning of the country’s indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) in August this year, it’s now the turn of the US Navy’s F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet to showcase its capabilities to the Indian Navy.
Two Boeing-manufactured F/A-18s will conduct a series of operational demonstrations at the shore-based test facility (SBTF) in Goa, which has a ski-jump to resemble an aircraft carrier’s deck, in the third week of May.
France had similarly showcased its Rafale maritime fighter jets at the SBTF in January. The twin-engine Rafale-M and F/A-18 are in contention for India’s requirement for fighters to operate from the 40,000-tonne IAC, which is to be commissioned as INS Vikrant on August 15 after it finishes its extensive sea trials that are currently under way.
Indigenous aircraft carrier of Indian navy? This is achievement of Modi govt in the second term.
India needs to indegenice at a much faster pace than now...... It's staunch opponent is this Chinkies. No one else would come to prect us during a conflict......
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India is adding to its arsenal, remember what family defence minister Antony said about rafale fighter jets procurement in 2012, no money for Rafale deal
F 18 are a time tested and fearsome naval fighter jet. Modi govt has chosen well as these fighters will pack a lot of punch for our navy and shall send shivers through the ses of our hostile neighbours. American fighter jets are really awesome.
sir...F-18s aerodynamics are a bit flawed esp in close-quarters...Rafales on the other hand are much more bnced & newer design...besides, IAF already has 36 rafales so IN having the same will reduce long term maintenance costs...also french might be a little more trust-worthy than americans in crunch time
With our size of border and maritime landscape- India needs at least 5 Aircraft Carrere- but our internal free po itics has always been our challenge
So, India is not going to continue as a push over hereafter in all respects including the navy.
If they are so powerful, why they have not taken any action ag inst china? Why no action to help Ukraine
Khud kuch na karenge , sirf Atmnirbhar ka Jumla fekenge . What a stupid governance
The US is desperate to sell its wons and arms across the world. It will sell to our enemy in the Northwest and us too, and watch happily both countries fight.... Business for them... Thats all.
Under the table money will go to big honchos in the to get the F18s passed for the Navy. We've seen how the Air Force and Navy rejected the Tejas and how the Tejas was forcefully inducted in the Air Force and now will be forcefully inducted in the Navy. The Tatra truck which costs 40 lakhs was bought for 80 lakhs which is absurd.