This configuration kind of limits the number of aircraft that can be used by the two, and tests are required to see which of the existing planes are up for the task.
Last week, Boeing and the U.S. Navy conducted a ski jump exercise using a Super Hornet. The test took place at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland and proved the machine can handle take-off from such runways. No details on the technical aspects of the test were provided.
“The first successful and safe launch of the F/A-18 Super Hornet from a ski jump begins the validation process to operate effectively from Indian Navy aircraft carriers,” said in a statement Ankur Kanaglekar, India Fighter Sales lead for Boeing.
“The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet will not only provide superior war fighting capability to the Indian Navy but also create opportunities for cooperation in naval aviation between the United States and India.”
The Indian Navy has not decided yet which aircraft its carriers will field, but in a bid to make sure the Hornet is the one chosen, the Americans are throwing in lifetime servicing together with U.S. and Indian partners.