At the Indian Naval Station Hansa in Goa, India, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet successfully conducted operational demonstration tests, demonstrating the aircraft’s capability to safely and effectively fly from Indian Navy carriers.
In order to meet the Indian Navy test requirements, two U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets performed a number of ski jumps, roll-in and fly-in arrestments, as well as performance flights, in a range of weights in air-to-air, air-to-ground, and air-to-surface configurations.
“The Boeing team was honoured to display the F/A-18 Super Hornet’s compatibility with Indian carriers in Goa.”Alain Garcia, vice president, India business development for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Global Services, said
“As the world’s most technologically capable frontline multi-role naval fighter, the F/A-18 Super Hornet continues to progress with the development of the next-generation Block III capability, which will be game-changing for India.”
He continued, “With the Super Hornet Block III, the Indian Navy would not only obtain the most cutting-edge platform but would also gain access to the U.S. Navy’s tactics, upgrades, and information regarding the naval aviation ecosystem”
The trials came after eight ski-jumps of varying weights and configurations were performed in earlier trials at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland in late 2020, proving the Super Hornet’s capacity to operate from a short takeoff but arrested recovery (STOBAR) aircraft carrier.
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