Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet successfully completed operational demonstration tests at Indian Naval Station Hansa in Goa, India, and reinforced the Super Hornet’s ability to effectively and safely operate off Indian Navy carriers.
Two U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets completed multiple ski-jumps, roll-in and fly-in arrestment, as well as performance flights, in a variety of weights in the air-to-air, air-to-ground, and air-to-surface configurations, meeting the Indian Navy test requirements.
“The Boeing team was privileged to showcase the F/A-18 Super Hornet’s compatibility with Indian carriers in Goa,” said Vice President, India business development Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Global Services, Alain Garcia. “As the premier frontline multi-role naval fighter, the F/A-18 Super Hornet is one of the world’s most proven and affordable multi-role fighters and continues to evolve with the development of the next-generation Block III capability which will be game-changing for India.”
“With the Super Hornet Block III, the Indian Navy would not only get the most advanced platform but would also benefit from tactics, upgrades and knowledge related to the naval aviation ecosystem that the U.S. Navy offers,” he added.
The tests followed eight ski-jumps in various weights and configurations during previous tests held at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland in late 2020 that demonstrated the Super Hornet’s ability to operate from a short take-off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) aircraft carrier.
F/A-18 Super Hornet India Factsheet:
- As the U.S. Navy’s frontline fighter, with over 800 aircraft delivered around the world and over 2.5 million flight hours flown, the Super Hornet Block III offers opportunities for cooperation and interoperability between the United States and India navies
- The Super Hornet Block III will come with advanced networking and open architecture design that will allow Super Hornet to be interoperable with the Indian Navy’s P-8I and other US-origin assets and rapidly accept new technology to stay ahead of emerging threats.
- Boeing and the U.S. Navy made multi-billion-dollar investments in infusing new technologies in the Super Hornet Block III, including increasing the life of the airframe to 10,000 hours from 6,000 hours of Block II, radar cross-section improvements, and advanced crew station which includes a large area display.
- The F/A-18 Super Hornet has been designed and built for carrier operations, and is fully compliant with INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant aircraft carriers. F/A-18 will be able to operate on the deck, in the hangar and on the lifts of the Indian Navy’s aircraft carriers.
- The F/A-18 can carry four anti-ship missiles (Harpoon).
- The two-seater carrier compatible variant of the Super Hornet offers several unique advantages to the Indian Navy including flexibility, higher utilization of the fleet, and the ability to embark on certain missions from the carrier that benefit from having a second crew member. Additionally, two-seater F/A-18 Super Hornets can be used as trainers (ashore and on the carrier) and as fully capable fighters, operational from the carrier and from land bases.
- Designed as a carrier-based fighter for high- loading, high stress operations, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block III requires minimal support equipment and has the lowest cost per flight hour to operate with high mission readiness rates.
- Depending on the Indian Navy’s requirements, Boeing’s “By India–For India Sustainment Program” that is built on other successful sustainment programs that Boeing is executing for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy today will allow for capabilities development in India to sustain the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
- Powered by the GE F-414 engine that has clocked more than 5 million hours, the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III uses the same family of engines that is powering India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA); that has already been inducted by the Indian Air Force. The commonality in engines will create scale efficiencies for potential sustainment opportunities in the future.