Boeing will soon demonstrate the compatibility of its F-18 Super Hornet fighter jet to take off and land from the decks of Indian Navy’s aircraft carriers. A Navy team is likely to visit the U.S. in the first half of this year to witness the demonstration from a land-based ski jump facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.
“Super Hornet Block III is fully compliant with and ideally suited for the Indian Navy’s carrier deck. Demonstrated in flight trials, it can take off from Indian aircraft carriers via ski jump,” Thom Breckenridge, Vice President of Strike, Surveillance & Mobility, Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said at Defexpo. Boeing officials at Defexpo indicated that a demonstration would be held without getting into the specifics.
The F-18 is in the race for the Indian Navy’s tender for 57 carrier-based fighter jets and competing with Dassault Aviation’s Rafale. Boeing officials said they had done extensive simulations and it would be demonstrated to the Indian Navy when required.
One Boeing official said the F-18 could land on Indian carriers without the need to change the arrestor wires.