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Boeing looks to India for Super Hornet success after European setbacks

17th July 2022 - 12:35 GMT | by Tim Martin in RAF Fairford

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Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block III boasts a 10,000 hour life cycle (Photo: US Navy)

Boeing is setting its sights on finally securing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block III export success with a new campaign in India.

Following the disappointment of missing out on European and North American fighter business with Finland, Switzerland and Canada, Boeing is confident the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block III will secure a production contract with the Indian Navy (IN) and beat competition from Dassault’s Rafale M in the process.

A procurement programme for 26 carrier-based aircraft is currently on offer to industry but a total quantity could rise to ‘just over 50’, according to Steve Parker, Boeing VP fighters and bombers.  

India has not confirmed when a production award decision will be taken but in-country aircraft demonstrations of both

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