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Indian Navy to Evaluate Rafale M (Maritime Version) & Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet for Indian Aircraft Carriers

Issue: 02-2022

It has been widely reported that the Indian Navy carried out evaluation from January 6, 2022 onwards to test the maritime version of the Dassault Rafale M fighter (Maritime Version), for its suitability to operate from aircraft carrier Vikrant. The Rafale M will have to successfully to takeoff & land from Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) system, similar to the one equipping India’s aircraft carriers. At present, the Indian Navy is looking for replacement of MiG-29K aircraft. This evaluation is also part of the larger Multi-Role Carrier Borne Fighter (MRCBF) Programme. India is also considering the option of Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet as a possible replacement which has already proven its capability to operate from STOBAR System in the United States (US) and the trials in India are likely to be held during March 2022. Surendra Ahuja, Managing Director, Boeing Defence India has said that “Boeing has developed a capability specifically for the F/A-18 Super Hornet that will allow for the faster movement of the aircraft between the flight deck and hangar deck without having to remove or modify any part of the aircraft.” The competition is for the initial supply of 26 jets (18 single-seat and eight twin-seat trainers) to the Indian Navy.