Indian Navy could acquire the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the United States said
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The American military magazine National Interest claims that there is a great reality that the Indian Navy will acquire the American F / A-18 Super Hornet, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. According to the author of the publication Peter Suciu, this is quite possible to happen, since relations between Washington and New Delhi have never been warmer than ever.
The author draws attention to the recent dialogue at the level of the US-India Council of Ministers, in which the two countries showed a high level of trust and signed the Basic Exchange and Agreement [BECA], which affects the political commitment to geospatial cooperation, and the fact that Washington promised in New Delhi, the ability of the Indian military to acquire advanced versions of aircraft.
Not surprisingly, this warming of relations between the two countries, as at this stage China is a common threat to them. However, according to military experts, this is not a prerequisite for the acquisition of American hornets. However, they argue that this may be the right time, and it is likely that this time has come and New Delhi will be able to afford to look at the American Hornets from a new angle. So far, this has not been possible, as New Delhi does not approve of Washington’s economic lever of “sanctions” on a client country. Such a danger still exists, as India has bought S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia. Not to be overlooked is the fact that the Indian military itself has in the past been against the F / A-18 Super Hornet for a very similar reason – the American attitude and threats of sanctions.
So far, India has a Russian MiG-29K, but New Delhi has clearly expressed the decision to eliminate this fleet and Russian aircraft not to be part of the equation. This immediately pitted two other fighters on the international stage – the American F-A-18 Super Hornet and the French Rafale. And things might have been in French fighters’ favor if India hadn’t seen the new and improved version of the Hornet, Block III. They are fully aware that this type of American fighter would be more useful and efficient in carrying out daily operations of the aircraft carrier activities.
Last year, Boeing demonstrated its newest Hornet when it took off from a short distance or the so-called “short take-off”. This is very important for the Indian Navy, as they have a modernized aircraft carrier, Kiev class, namely Vikramaditya, which is actually quite many years of military service, as until 2004 it was available to the Russian Navy, and after its modernization entered served in the Indian Navy only in 2013. If for France Charles De Gaulle is the flagship of the French Navy, then Vikramaditya is the flagship of the Indian. We must not forget something else – in maybe two or three years New Delhi will have a second aircraft carrier, which is currently under construction and will be named INS Vikrant.
That is why there is a logic in the idea of the United States offering India its super-fighter. India will seek to acquire about 57 fighters, a deal worth billions of dollars. If we really look at the global aviation industry that works for the navy, the F / A-18 Super Hornet is not only a proven marketing name, on the contrary, this aircraft has proven itself in battles more than any other naval fighter.
India will want air superiority, against the backdrop of Chinese industry, which has been booming in recent years, and in an attempt to break an otherwise good trade thread with Russia. Not that Russian fighters are bad, but special ones in the field of naval aviation are no better. Boeing promises just that – Block III will be able to perform various tactical missions in almost every existing military spectrum, will dominate the air both during the day and at night, will be more than a reconnaissance fighter and of course more than an attacking fighter. Boeing even promises to suppress the enemy’s air defenses, which is just a sign that the F / A-18 Super Hornet will have more than a guaranteed quality electronic warfare system.
Boeing rolls out the first F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet fighter
The American aircraft giant rolled out the first Block III version of the Super Hornet. Soon, such aircraft will enter the service of the US Navy as we reported in May this year. Boeing completed the assembly of the first F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet fighter. This is the first of two aircraft that the Navy will use as part of the launch tests: at the end of the year, the US Navy will begin to receive this version of the aircraft in a complete set.
The new Super Hornet differs from its predecessors in a number of significant improvements, including conformal fuel tanks. They will increase the already considerable radius of action of the fighter. Another major improvement is the new IRST, which increases pilot situational awareness. The latter should also be facilitated by the installation of a large touch screen in the cab.
The F/A-18E /F Super Hornet carrier-based fighter is an upgraded version of the F/A-18 Hornet. Today, Super Hornet serves as the main fighter of the U.S. Navy. Recall that in May Boeing rolled out the aircraft Loyal Wingman – an unmanned aerial wing, which is created in the interests of the Australian Air Force.
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