Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet affect the Indian Navy might be on target . The US aerospace giant and therefore the United States Navy have proved that the F/A-18 Super Hornet can operate from a “ski jump” ramp, demonstrating the fighter jet’s suitability for India’s aircraft carriers.
The demonstrations, held at Naval air base Patuxent River, MD, show that the Super Hornet would had best with the Indian Navy’s Short Takeoff but Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) system and validate earlier simulation studies by Boeing, the corporate claims.
After The first successful launch of the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet from a ski-jump ramp begins the validation process to operate easily from Indian Navy’s aircraft carriers,” said Ankur Kanaglekar, Head of Boeing Defense ,India Fighters Sales, Space, and Security, during a webinar on Monday (December 21).
The F-18 during the Ski-Jump demonstration in Maryland.
STOBAR may be a system used for the launch and recovery of a fighter jet from the deck of an carrier . The system combines the weather of Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) with Catapult-Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR).
Both of India’s aircraft carriers — the serving INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant that’s undergoing trials — have the STOBAR configuration, and no deal for the Super Hornets can move forward till the Indian Navy is certain of the fighter’s compatibility with the carriers.
The demonstration is clearly a serious breakthrough for India’s acquisition of the F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet fighter jets, the advanced version of the F-18 fighters. Over the years, the Hornets have proved their mettle and are considered one among the foremost competent 4th generation jets.
F/A-18E Super Hornet close to take-off employing a catapult system from an American carrier
The twin-engine, multirole, carrier-capable Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter may be a variant of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. As per Boeing, the Hornets have earned a reputation of being among the foremost lethal, advanced, combat-proven, multi-role frontline fighters in commission today.
The Super Hornet possesses the power to hold air-to-air missiles also as air-to-surface weapons, while also possessing an indoor 20mm M61 rotary cannon that helps it to hold the missiles.
According to Boeing Defense India (BDI), the Block III variants have the power to perform in virtually every mission within the tactical spectrum.
These include air superiority, fighter escort,day/night strike with precision guided-weapons, maritime strike, close air support,reconnaissance, suppression of enemy defense , forward air control, and buddy to buddy refuelling.
Speaking at a webinar on Monday, Kanaglekar said,
“The Boeing F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet will not only provide superior war fighting capability to the Indian Navy but also create opportunities for cooperation in naval aviation between the us and India,”
“The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet will offer unrivalled growth potential to the Indian Navy through single and twin-seater carrier compatible variants and therefore the ability to interface with the P-8I as a force multiplier.”INS Vikramaditya carrier
As per Boeing, the F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets aircrafts have low acquisition and maintenance costs. Moreover, the Indian Navy will enjoy the multi-billion-dollar investments made by the United States Navy and a number of other international customers, towards the new technologies of the fighter jets.
The technologies offered by Boeing are ,long-range detection with Infrared Search & Track, advanced network technology, enhanced situational awareness with a replacement Advanced Cockpit System,improved signature reduction, longer range and low-drag with conformal fuel tanks,and a 10,000+ hour life.
As a part of the aircraft company’s proposed “By India, for India” sustainment program, the Block III Super Hornets are often serviced in partnership with the Indian Navy also as India and US-based partners (JV- Partners ) throughout the life-cycle of the aircraft.
This will successively further contribute towards developing expertise in aircraft maintenance in India, which can cause higher availability of the plane, at competitive pricing also as a reduced risk for the Indian Navy.