It is planned to fly these drones alongside manned aircraft to help extend the aircraft’s sensing range and to also provide an additional weapons bay. The UAS will have a conventional take-off and landing.
The first plane of the latest version of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, labelled as ‘Block III’ has been delivered to the US Navy. These are the same planes the US aerospace giant is offering to India for its aircraft carrier based operations.
‘Quad’ has some ‘steel to its spine’ The first ever ‘in-person’ meeting of leaders of the newly-minted four- nation grouping recommitted to partnership, shared security and prosperity—a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The meeting also led to crucial announcements detailing joint efforts on developing critical technology, infrastructure development and addressing climate change besides sharing satellite data, cooperating in space and cyber domains. The four countries will also fund and finance research by 100 scholars each year by way of fellowships.
The IADS comes with an integrated capability for detecting enemy submarines and torpedoes at extended ranges as well as diverting incoming torpedoes fired by enemy submarines
Just the future supply of fighter jets for the carrier would entail an estimated $ 12 billion one-time order. Besides this other major procurement could be air-to-ship and air-to-air missiles which these jets would be kitted with.
India and the US now increasingly look at each to operate in tandem or in coordination in the Indo-Pacific and also in the Quadilateral, or the Quad – that has Australia and Japan besides US and India.
The ‘green channel status’ will apply for major Naval weapon delivery systems, ordered by the Ministry of Defence and cements the status of the L&T defence as long term supplier. The company is into engineering, procurement and construction projects, manufacturing, defence and services conglomerate.
Doing a ‘ski-jump’ take off is needed for Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) operations off the carriers. The ability to do STOBAR operations is listed as a requisite in the January 2018 Request for Information (RFI) by the Indian Navy. It had sought 57 deck-based fighters for an estimated cost of about 95000 crores (USD 9.5 Billion
The US headquartered company’s India office, tweeted an image of the helicopter painted with round logo depicting Indian colours. It was done to mark ‘Navy day’ observed by the Indian Navy on December 4.
Without an airborne combat platform that is at par with most modern Navies, Indian hopes of being counted as a true blue-water force, remain stymied. The term blue-water defines the ability to carry out operations at sea. Indian Navy has everything — its own satellite, an aircraft carrier, newly added latest submarines besides warships carrying missiles like the BrahMos.