Friday, September 01, 2017

Fighter jets that are compatible with Indian Navy's fleet

US defence major Boeing has offered to set up a manufacturing facility in India for production of its F/A 18 Super Hornet aircraft for Indian Navy.
At present, the Navy operates 45 MIG-29K jets, which from time-to-time face serviceability issues, from its feet of INS Vikramaditya and INS Viraat.
Currently, six planes are compatible for aircraft carrier flying. They are Rafale (Dassault, France), F-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MIG-29K (Russia), F-35B and F-35C (Lockheed Martin, US) and Gripen (Saab, Sweden). Let's get to know each of them:
Rafales comes with deadly Meteor air-to-air missiles (150-km range), Scalp air-to-ground cruise missiles (300-km) and other weapons. The twin-engine Rafale, in turn, has a much longer combat range from 780-km to 1,650-km depending on the mission, and can carry a 9.3tonne weapon load.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all weather multirole fighter jet that is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier. Boeing offers a suite of upgrades to the F/A-18 Super Hornet, including conformal fuel tanks, an enclosed weapons pod, an enhanced engine and a reduced radar signature.
30/08/17 Economic Times

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