After the crash of Mig 29 of Indian Navy and death of Commander Nishant Singh near Goa coast on November 26, Indian Navy decided to replace all its MiG 29 with new Aircrafts.
The race were between French Rafale and U.S F/A-18 Super Hornet. But it seems that Indian Navy is going towards U.S fighter jet. Since delivery of Rafael will take time and looking forward to Chinese aggression India is not in a mood to wait for several months, So they decided to go with U.S F/A 18.
Several reports says that India is taking these Aircraft on lease from U.S. They will be serving to Indian Navy till New F/A-18 are delivered to Indian Navy. Some reports also suggest that India is developing its own Naval version TEDBF indigenous Aircraft along with Tezas and AMCA. So these leased aircraft will serve Indian Navy till the first batch of TEDBF is delivered to Indian Navy.
Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, a fighter used by the US Navy, has demonstrated the ability to operate from the Indian Navy’s current and future aircraft carriers.
To demonstrate this ability, a F/A-18 fighter took off using a ski-jump platform constructed at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland in August.
A video of the test has been released by Boeing today.
The success of this test, conducted after simulation studies by Boeing, proves that F/A-18 Super Hornet, one of the many fighters being offered to the Indian Navy currently, is compatible with the Indian Navy’s Short Take Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) aircraft launch system used on INS Vikramaditya.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III, Boeing says, will give the Indian Navy unique and differentiated capability in the form of an advanced, combat proven, multi-role naval fighter that is fully compatible with the Indian Navy carriers.
Unsatisfied with the performance of its MiG-29Ks, the Indian Navy has expressed interest in buying new fighters for its carriers. In 2017, the Navy had said it would buy 57 new fighters for its air arm. This number is now likely to be cut to around 36 because India plans to develop its own deck-based fighter and due to financial constraints the Indian Navy is facing currently.