US F-18 fighter in India to demonstrate operational capability

Two Boeing F / A-18E Super Hornet Fighter Aircraft came to India to demonstrate their operational capabilities at a naval facility in Goa as the Indian Navy plans to purchase a fleet of fighter jets to sell its domestic aircraft carrier (IAC), acquaintances said.

The aircraft show will begin this week at the Coastal-Based Testing Facility (SBTF) at Goa Naval Air Station INS Hanser, they said.

Flight trials are expected to last a week, they said, with two jets arriving in India on May 20.

In January, the Indian Navy conducted a flight trial of a naval warplane in Rafale.

The Indian Navy is planning to procure a fleet of fighter jets for sale to the IAC, which could be launched in August.

Four years ago, the Indian Navy began the process of purchasing 57 multi-role combat aircraft for its aircraft carrier.

Four aircraft were in dispute over the deal, including Rafale (Dassault, France), F-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MIG-29K (Russia) and Gripen (Sub, Sweden).

Currently, the Indian Navy operates a Russian-Origin MiG-29K fighter from its only aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

The request for information issued by the Navy to procure deck-based fighter jets sought information on the level of technology transfer (ToT) that companies are willing to share with India.

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