According to a report in The Hindu, the sliding deck of the Indian Navy’s current aircraft carrier “VIKRAMADITYA” is equipped with Russian-made MiG-29K fighter aircraft. India is building a domestic aircraft carrier and plans were to carry the same type of aircraft on it too. But in recent years the Indian Navy has frequently complained about the high failure rate of the MiG-29K, its limited range and old electronic equipment, and that it intends to choose an alternative product. The United States is very excited about this. According to the report, if India chooses the U.S. “Super Hornet” instead of Russian-made naval aircraft for its indigenous carrier, it is bound to have a serious impact on Russia’s arms sales to India and even India-Russia relations too.
The Hindu newspaper said on the 22nd, the U.S. Boeing Company announced that it had completed the F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” naval fighter jet taxi take off test, and fully verified the compatibility of the main U.S. carrier aircraft with the Indian aircraft carrier. According to the report, the United States is trying to win the contract for the Indian Navy’s carrier-based aircraft, thereby replacing the Russian warplanes in India.
The report also aid that the video released by Boeing showed that the “Super Hornet” successfully took off from the ski jump runway of the land airport, proving that the fighter has the ability to take off from the ski jump deck of the aircraft carrier. The company’s official responsible for the sales of Indian fighter jets said that this move is like opening a verification procedure for the “Super Hornet” exports to India, indicating that the fighter jet can be used with Indian naval aircraft carriers.
According to the report, the United States has been increasing its arms sales to India in recent years. Boeing exports 11 C-17 transport aircraft, 8 P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, 22 AH-64E Apache helicopters and 15 CH-47F helicopters only. These successes have given it (Boeing) confidence of being able to export the Super Hornet to India.