On September 2 in Kochi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will officially launch the country’s first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant which will be combat-ready by May 2023.
Several Military Lovers and Military Experts are having a close look at which carrier-based aircraft the Indian navy will finally choose. The United States has been very active in this Indian carrier-based aircraft plan and has repeatedly sent Super Hornet carrier-based aircrafts to India for testing and evaluation procedures. Therefore, many international media houses have also stated that India’s purchase of the US Super Hornet is now a sure thing. And there is a recent news that India has determined to buy the American Super Hornet, India’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier Vikrant has been set to enter into active service with the Indian Navy in the next few days, and India seems to be very much interested in buying the F-18 Super Hornet aircrafts along with state-of-the-art weapon systems such as the latest versions of the AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles. So what is the reason behind India’s deep interest in the American Super Hornets?