Lethal, Advanced, Affordable

The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet is the world's most lethal, advanced, combat-proven, multi-role frontline fighter-jet.

The Block III version which is currently being manufactured for the United States Navy will enable the Indian armed forces to challenge the next generation of adversaries. It can perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum including air superiority, day/night strike with precision guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defence, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and buddy refueling

Significant technology insertions in the form of advanced cockpit, new computing & advanced data link, conformal fuel tanks, increases airframe life and ability to carry wide variety of weapons makes F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet most lethal platform for Air Force and Navies of the world.

More than 700 F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets are in operation today. F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet will offer superior economics to the Indian armed forces in the form of low cost of acquisition, operations and high mission readiness.

Key Features

1. Multi-role Superiority
Capable of tactical strikes, air reconnaissance, air defense, and maritime roles

2. Cutting-edge Technologies
Enhanced computing and data link, advanced cockpit system, signature improvements

3. Lifecycle Affordability
Lowest cost per flight hour among all U.S. tactical fighter in production. High mission capability rates

4. Future Ready
Unrivaled growth potential to complement future air wing capabilities

Latest Generation Technology

Game Changer for the Indian Navy

The F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III offers the Indian Navy a unique and differentiated capability in the form of an advanced, combat proven, multi-role naval fighter that is fully compatible with the Indian Navy carriers and would boost the growing maritime and defense relationship between the United States and India.

Designed as a carrier-based fighter for high- loading, high stress operations, the F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet requires minimal support equipment and will offer impressive low cost per flight hour with high mission readiness.

The F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet can act as a force multiplier for the Indian Navy as it interfaces with assets such as the P-8I.

By India – For India Sustainment

Boeing's 'For India - By India' sustainment program builds on the company's nearly eight decades of history in the country, leveraging existing programs, growing supply chain capabilities and partnering with the local industry.

The Super Hornets will be sustained in India, in partnership with the Indian armed forces as well as India and U.S.-based partners throughout the lifecycle of the aircraft. This will further enable its growth and develop advanced expertise in maintenance, resulting in higher availability of the aircraft, at competitive pricing and reduced risk for the Indian armed forces.

Successfully performs ski-jump launch

In December 2020, Boeing and the U.S. Navy proved that the F/A-18 Super Hornet can operate from a “ski jump” ramp, demonstrating the aircraft’s suitability for India’s aircraft carriers.


F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Made with India Infographic


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