The F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III on offer to the Indian Navy is the world’s most advanced, combat proven, multi-role frontline naval fighter that offers unique and differentiated capabilities and full compatibility with Indian Navy carriers.
The F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet was designed as a carrier-based fighter for high-load, high-stress operations. It requires little support equipment and has the lowest cost per flight hour to operate with high mission readiness rates. The Block III Super Hornet, being the US Navy’s frontline fighter with over 700 aircraft in service across the world, provides prospects for naval aviation cooperation between the US and Indian militaries. Because it interfaces with assets like the P-8I, the F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet can operate as a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.
- COMPATIBILITY OF CARRIER
Both INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant are fully compliant.
For carrier lift fitting, a safe and reliable wing-fold option is available.
On deployment, there is no risk of structures (Radome Cone, Wing Tip Rails) being removed.
P-8I interface and other U.S.-origin helicopters, as well as future carrier-based unmanned systems, are enabled by advanced network architecture.
- VALUE FOR TWO SEATS
The two-seater model is suitable for carrier sorties, as well as land-based missions and training.The Super Hornet is available in single and two-seater versions to the Indian Navy. The two-seater configuration, in particular, will provide the Indian Navy with several distinct advantages, including the ability to meet all missions ashore and on the carrier, increased fleet utilisation, and the ability to successfully complete those missions from the carrier that benefit from having a second crew. Two-seater carrier compatible aircraft will aid the interface between manned and unmanned systems in a carrier environment as the Indian Navy introduces unmanned carrier borne platforms.
- COOPERATION IN NAVAL AVIATION
There are 11 active aircraft carriers, with 700+ F/A-18s. Growlers and Super Hornets in action Opportunities for carrier integration, training, and technology transfer through collaboration. The Indian Navy’s introduction of the F/A-18 Super Hornet would considerably boost naval aviation cooperation, sharing of operational best practises, and interoperability between the two navies, as the US Navy operates over 700 F/A-18 Super Hornets and Growlers. The F/A-18 Super Hornet has the potential to foster collaboration between the two navies in areas such as carrier integration, training, and technology transfer, among other things.
- INDIA FOR INDIA’S SUSTAINABILITY
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- SKI-JUMP LAUNCH
Boeing and the US Navy demonstrated the F/A-18 Super Hornet’s ability to operate off a “ski jump” ramp in December 2020, confirming the aircraft’s potential for India’s aircraft carriers. The experiments, which took place at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, demonstrated that the Super Hornet would work well with the Indian Navy’s Short Takeoff but Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) technology and backed up previous Boeing simulations.
- 10,000- HOUR LIFE SPAN
The airframe has a 10,000-hour life span. This means it has a long lifecycle built in for future upgrades and enhancements, and depending on the Indian Navy’s needs, our ‘By India – For India’ sustainment programme, which is based on other successful sustainment programmes that Boeing is currently executing for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, will enable India to develop capabilities to sustain the F/A-18 Super Hornet.