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Hornets will be selected for Vikrant Rafale M are out


Seems like the Rafale M makes much more sense, considering the 36 land versions already in the IAF and you have the meteor missile to go with them. Compatibility would be amazing.

Not to take anything away from the Super Hornet, one of my favorites with those super enlarged LERXs, but how does it perform on the ski jump? Also what does that mean for the MiG-29Ks? And are the Harriers still operational?
 

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Seems like the Rafale M makes much more sense, considering the 36 land versions already in the IAF and you have the meteor missile to go with them. Compatibility would be amazing.

Not to take anything away from the Super Hornet, one of my favorites with those super enlarged LERXs, but how does it perform on the ski jump? Also what does that mean for the MiG-29Ks? And are the Harriers still operational?

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Seems like the Rafale M makes much more sense, considering the 36 land versions already in the IAF and you have the meteor missile to go with them. Compatibility would be amazing.

Not to take anything away from the Super Hornet, one of my favorites with those super enlarged LERXs, but how does it perform on the ski jump? Also what does that mean for the MiG-29Ks? And are the Harriers still operational?

Harriers are retired long back my friend.... I miss those deadly Harriers and their unique vertical take off and landing feature....
 

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Indian navy will order F 18 super hornets no Rafales due to issues in fitting them on hanger lift and EW capability lack like growler has

That's because the Growler is a dedicated electronic warfare platform, just like its predecessor, the EA-6B Prowler. They don't even carry AA missiles and instead, carry a pair of AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles to destroy ground radars, whereas the Rafale M is a naval omnirole fighter with the most advanced integrated EW package in its SPECTRA. Its ability to conduct electronic warfare in that capacity while also be able to instantly switch to an AA or AG role is a huge plus, just a bit short of being a completely dedicated EW platform like the EA/18G which BTW, in many cases of heavy enemy presence and deep interdiction missions will require fighter escorts. The Rafale doesn't. Just pointing out a few of the pluses and minuses of both AC.

But the F/A-18 Super Hornet is an absolute beast and a half, congrats India on both those decisions, this one and the additional rafales assembled locally.
 
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Waste of money. Why does India even need a aircraft carrier? Even Japan which is an Island nation has no carriers despite having a far stronger and wealthier economy.
1971 showed the importance of Aircraft Carrier. R11 was used in operations against East Pakistan very effectively.

With Malacca, Southern Indian Ocean Region, Gulf region, there are a lot of places for a CBG to find utility.
 

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Waste of money. Why does India even need a aircraft carrier? Even Japan which is an Island nation has no carriers despite having a far stronger and wealthier economy.

Japan once had large number of aircraft carriers in service, they don't have one now becoz of pacifist constitution imposed on them by US after defeating them. Second one, being an island nation isn't a requisite for a strong navy, we have a pretty big coastline to defend as well as several strategic island territories far away from mainland necessitating our need for powerful navy to defend our integrity, strategic interests as well as for power projection.
 

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