On Wednesday, Boeing, a multinational corporation based in the United States, introduced the F/A-18 Super Hornet as the ideal platform to meet the needs of the Indian Navy’s deck aircraft for the INS Vikrant.
If the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III is chosen, senior Boeing officials stated the company expects a $3.6 billion economic impact on India’s aerospace and military industry over the next decade.
The Indian Navy has shortlisted F/A-18 Super Hornet and Rafale M jets produced by French aerospace group Dassault Aviation for procurement.
Over four years ago, the Indian Navy started procuring 57 multi-role combat aircraft for its aircraft carrier. However, the Navy plans to purchase only 26 aircraft initially.
Boeing India President Salil Gupte said the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III would be the ideal deck aircraft for the Indian Navy. The business wants to strengthen its ‘Make in India’ initiatives based on a proven track record of contributing to India’s indigenous defense and aerospace ecosystem.
Boeing’s next carrier-based fighter, the F/A-18 Super Hornet, is expected to have a $3.6 billion economic impact on India over the next decade, he claimed.
Gupte said the economic impact would exceed Boeing’s current obligations and compensation plans in the country.
Boeing has been a trusted partner to India’s aerospace industry for over 75 years, and the company plans to continue investing heavily in India’s aerospace and defense sector.
Our investments run the gamut of local manufacturing, engineering and research and development, and training to help build a strong ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in the aerospace and defense industry,” said Gupte.
India’s choice of the F/A-18 Super Hornet will help bring more money into the country’s defense industry, he said.
Gupte said that Boeing plans to build on its existing industrial base and strengthen its commitment to “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” by continuing to invest in India across five pillars.
These include supply chain development and manufacturing, engineering and knowledge transfer, long-term support and training, infrastructure investments, and contributions from GE, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.
“We offer the Indian Navy the Block III Super Hornet, which has the most advanced and important features. With its open architecture and constantly changing set of capabilities, the Super Hornet will outperform the threats of today, make it easy to add new capabilities quickly and be the most affordable aircraft ever made. “The vice president and general manager of the Bombers and Fighters division, Steve Parker, said this. Defense, Space, and Security by Boeing.
“Boeing is investing in advanced technologies and capabilities in our Block III Super Hornet and F-15EX today, so we will be prepared for the future. The Indian Navy will benefit from these investments for decades to come.”
Parker said that Boeing plans to manufacture some components of the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III and did not rule out establishing an assembly line for the plane in the country.
“Designed from its inception as a carrier-based fighter for high-payload, high-stress operations, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block III will bring advanced next-generation capabilities that will help the Indian Navy meet the emerging and future challenges. Threats,” he confirmed.
“Furthermore, together with the contributions to the Indian economy from our Hornet industry partners – General Electric, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, the Super Hornet will bring significant benefits to the Indian defense sector,” said Alain Garcia, vice president of business development. Of India, Boeing Defense, Space, and Security and Global Services.
The Indian Navy’s lone aircraft carrier, the INS Vikramaditya, is currently home to Russian MiG-29K fighters.
The Navy sent out a Request for Information to find out how much companies are willing to share with India in terms of technology transfer.
Garcia said that Boeing was willing to let India use some parts of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Boeing already has an extensive presence in India related to defense and commercial sales. In addition to sales of passenger aircraft to Indian airlines, the company has also sold India rotor platforms such as the AH-64E Apache and CH-47 Chinook and fixed-wing aircraft such as the P-8I Neptune and transport strategic C-17.
Despite many successes, Boeing has yet to sell fighter jets in the country.
The company’s expression of support for Aatmanirbhar Bharat is likely related to the upcoming commissioning of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, the 45,000-tonne INS Vikrant, on 2 September.
Earlier this year, Boeing flew a pair of US Navy Super Hornets to Goa, where they performed “multiple launches” from a ski jump that simulates launching from an Indian aircraft carrier. They also simulated landing on an Indian flat top.
The Super Hornet’s rival for this requirement is the Dassault Rafale M. One of the Rafale’s problems is the lack of a carrier-capable two-seat variant, while both the single-seat F/A-18E and two-seat F/A-18F They have aircraft carrier capability. Indian requirements call for a combination of single and two-seater aircraft.
New Delhi has one operational aircraft carrier, the INS Vikramaditya, derived from the former Soviet Kyiv Baku-class aircraft carrier. Its air wing is made up of 26 RAC MiG-29Ks. Boeing has said that the Super Hornet can operate from both vessels.