F / A-18 Super Hornet demonstration flights in the United States became known. The demonstration was carried out specifically for the Indian military.
The main task of the US Navy was, to show the Indian military the ability of this carrier-based fighter to take off from a springboard. What was it for?
The reason is, that the Indian side is considering the possibility of purchasing various fighters from foreign countries. These include the American F / A-18 Super Hornet.. At the same time, it is important for the Indian Navy, so that carrier-based fighters could be operated on the Soviet-built Vikramaditya aircraft carrier.
US Navy, as noted in the American media, demonstrated the ability of this fighter to take off from a springboard:
This was proof that, that he can take off from aircraft carriers, which were not built in the United States. And this is a big plus for potential F-18 exports..
Demonstration for India was held at the American military base Patuxent River (Maryland, USA).
Ankur Kanaglekar from Boeing India:
F / A-18 Super Hornet's first successful and safe launch from a springboard – this is the beginning of the process of checking the compatibility of its work with the aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy. The F / A-18 Block III Super Hornet will not only provide superior combat capabilities to the Indian Navy, but will also create opportunities for cooperation in naval aviation between the United States and India.