Boeing India officially released the video of F/A-18 Super Hornet, demonstrating ski jump test conducted in August this year for Indian Navy aircraft carriers.
The demonstrations, held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, showing that the Super Hornet successfully launching from STOBAR (Short Takeoff but Arrested Recovery) system.
Boeing is conducting ski jump test of F/A-18 Super Hornet as it is main contender for Indian Navy quest for deck based fighter jets which can launch from INS Vikramaditya and upcoming INS Vikrant.
— Boeing India (@Boeing_In) December 21, 2020
Currently Indian Navy using MiG-29K for carrier operation, but these aircrafts several issues related to maintenance, service availability and technical difficulty resulting three crash in last 1 year.
“The first successful and safe launch of the F/A-18 Super Hornet from a ski-jump begins the validation process to operate effectively from Indian Navy aircraft carriers,” said Ankur Kanagleicar., Head India Fighters Sales
“The 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 United States and India. The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet will offer unrivalled growth potential to the Indian Navy through single and two-seater carrier compatible variants and the ability to interface with the P-81 as a force multiplier”, he added.
F/A-18 Super Hornet includes advanced network technology, longer range and low-drag with conformal fuel tanks, long-range detection with Infrared Search & Track, enhanced situational awareness with a new Advanced Cockpit System, improved signature reduction and a 10,000+ hour life.
As per a recent report, Indian Navy can also leased some F/A-18 Super Hornet from United States due to budget crunch.
INS Vikrant is in final phase of the sea trials and expected to Induct into the service by 2022. Navy requires an air wing Vikrant and F/A-18 can fill this gap.
India is also working on indigenous Twin Engine deck based fighter (TEDBF) which can be launch from STOBAR and CATOBAR aircraft carrier.