Relations between India and the United States are deepening. Two plus two talks took place between India and America on the last day and now America wants to develop more close relations with India. In view of this, the US has offered the Indian Navy to provide its F-18 naval fighter jet for the fighter jet requirements for its aircraft carrier. The Indian Navy expressed interest in acquiring 57 naval fighter jets for operations from its aircraft carriers, including its INS Vikramaditya and under-construction indigenous aircraft carriers, a few years ago.
Government sources told the news agency ANI here that the US government has provided its naval fighter aircraft F-18 during two plus two (2 + 2) meetings in a meeting between defence representatives of the two countries under a government proposal Is offered
The US government has offered to sell its F-18s to the Indian Navy along with unmanned aircraft C Guardian and many other systems for the Indian Navy in recent times. The Indian Navy is currently assessing the F-18 and Rafale aircraft for its current and future requirements, as its current fighter aircraft are likely to be phased in by the end of this decade or early next.
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The aircraft introduced by the US government is called the improved version of the aircraft. It is being given to the Indian Air Force for the requirement of 126 Multirole Medium Combat Aircraft. In which only Rafale and European Eurofighter have been able to make a place till date and finally Rafale aircraft of France were selected.
Even the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal had to be canceled. The Indian government showed confidence in the French fighter aircraft Rafale and bought 36 aircraft under a deal of Rs 60,000 crore. American fighter jets delivered to the Indian Navy can be operated from aircraft carriers. Both Rafale and F-18 are on board the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy and are demonstrating the capability of their respective fighter aircraft.