India is rapidly increasing its strategic power amid increasing tensions from Pakistan and China. During this time Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh has mentioned the need for the third aircraft carrier in the country. The Indian Navy currently consists of only one aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, while another aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is still under construction.
In such a situation, the Indian Navy needs fighter aircraft to operate from these aircraft carriers. For which American arms manufacturer Boeing remains a fierce rivalry between Russian Mikoyan and Dassault.
Currently, India operates 26 MiG-29K from Russia with its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The remaining 14 MiG-29s are deployed on Indian Navy’s base INS Hansa in Goa. In such a situation, if India’s indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant comes into service by 2022, it will need new fighter jets. Till now the belief was that the ski jump facility is available at INS Vikrant also for flying planes. In such a situation, if a heavy fighter jet arrives, then it will be difficult for him to fly above this aircraft carrier.
Boasting the same claim and proving its usefulness for Indian aircraft carriers, Boeing successfully launched the Sky / Jump F / A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft. In which the fighter aircraft flew upward-curved ramps at short distances. Boeing Company official Ankur Kanglekar said the Indian Embassy officials in Washington witnessed the test.
In 2018, the Indian Navy began the process of purchasing 57 multirole fighter jets for its aircraft carrier ships. These aircraft use sky-jump flight technology. There are currently six warships that can operate from aircraft carriers with ski-jump technology. These include Rafael (Dassault, France), F / A-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MiG-29K (Russia), F-35B and F-35C (Lockheed Martin, US) and Gripen (Saab, Sweden) .
The integrated network system of this aircraft provides the ability to communicate better with the troops on the ground. The aircraft has 11 horde points, through which it can fly with 4000 kg air to air and air to ground missiles. The radars attached to it make this aircraft more deadly. This aircraft can fly at a speed of Mach 1.6.