F/A-18 Super Hornet: “the best choice for India”
The emerging requirements of the Indian Navy for new carrierborne fighters became apparent during the Navy Chief’s Navy Day press conference held in December 2016. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff, stated that the Navy was looking to procure fighters to operate off India’s present and future carriers, and a formal Request For Information (RFI) issued in January went into greater detail on the IN’s fighter plans ( see Vayu I/2017).
Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, the US Navy’s frontline strike fighter, with over 583 aircraft delivered, is an option that India could consider. In an interview with Vayu, Thom Breckenridge, Vice President, Global Sales-India for Boeing’s defence business outlines what would make the F/A-18 an ideal fit for India’s naval requirements.