F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net: “the best choice for In­dia”

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & Inindia -

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.

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