Demonstration of Rafale fighter begins for Navy at Goa, F/A-18 next in March | India News

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NEW DELHI: Ahead of slated commissioning of the India’s indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) this year, France kicked off the demonstration of its Rafale maritime fighter jet for the Indian Navy at the shore-based test facility (SBTF) in Goa on Thursday.
The US is also slated to showcase its Boeing-manufactured fighter F/A-18 at the SBTF, which has a ski-jump to resemble an aircraft carrier’s deck, in March. The twin-engine Rafale-M and F/A-18 are in contention for India’s requirement for fighters to operate from the 40,000-tonne IAC, which is to be commissioned as INS Vikrant in August.
Sources said the Navy will “assess the suitability and capability” of Rafale-M and F/A-18 during these extensive demonstrations. The Navy requires at least 26-27 carrier-capable fighters, though the final number is still being worked out for what eventually will be a government-to-government…

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