At a virtual pre-Farnborough Air Show-2020 briefing, Boeing discussed its delivery of two F/A-18 Block-III Super Hornet flight test aircraft to the US Navy. Boeing is on schedule to deliver next-generation Block III capabilities to the US Navy in 2021. By 2024, one squadron per carrier air wing will consist of Block-III Super Hornets. The same Block-III aircraft that is being built for the US Navy is also on offer to the Indian Navy.
Thom Breckenridge, Vice President of International Sales for Strike, Surveillance and Mobility, Boeing Defence, Space & Security, said that the F/A-18 for the Indian Navy provides the best capability with the Block- III configuration, and benefits from the multi-billion dollar investments made towards new technologies in the Super Hornet by the US Navy and international customers. Additionally, the F/A-18 Super Hornet will provide superior value and tremendous opportunity to the Indian Navy. It can enhance collaboration in the areas of naval aviation between the Indian Navy and the US Navy to maintain peace and security throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
“The F/A-18 Super Hornet will enhance collaboration between the US Navy and Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean region,” said Breckenridge. “Boeing’s plan is to offer ‘By India, For India’ sustainment programme that will build on other successful sustainment programmes that Boeing is executing for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy today, to sustain, modify and upgrade F/A-18 Super Hornet from India,” Breckenridge added.
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