F-18 fighter jets from the United States are in India to demonstrate operational capability

The Indian Navy aims to buy a squadron of combat planes for its indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant, and two Boeing F-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft have landed in India to demonstrate their operational capability at a naval station in Goa. The aircraft will perform a demonstration this week at the INS Hansa naval air station in Goa’s shore-based test facility.

The flight tests will extend for more than a week. The Indian Navy conducted flying tests of the Rafale maritime fighter aircraft in January. Vikrant is expected to be commissioned in August, and the Indian Navy hopes to acquire a batch of fighter jets for it. The Indian Navy right now flies MiG-29K fighters from the INS Vikramaditya, its lone aircraft carrier.

The Navy’s Request for Information for deck-based fighter aircraft procurement sought to learn what level of technology transfer the businesses are willing to share with India.

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