F/A-18 Demonstrates ‘Upsized’ Loadout Ability From Indian Carriers

With two Boeing AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, Boeing has successfully completed a demonstration of the F/A-18 Super Hornet’s capacity to launch from Indian aircraft carriers, exceeding New Delhi’s demand for its multirole carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) programme.

According to Alain Garcia, vice-president of international business development at Boeing India, the capability was shown off between late May and early June 2022 at the Indian Navy’s Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa, India. The displays were carried out as a part of tests to confirm the F/capacity A-18’s to fly from Indian ships.

The Indian Navy intends to acquire 57 carrier-borne fighter aircraft under the MRCBF, which it would use to fly from its Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), which will be designated INS Vikrant once it is commissioned. Early in July 2022, the 37,000-ton ship finished its last sea trials. It will be put into service in August 2022.

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