New Delhi: According to latest reports, the United States of America (USA) has offered India to provide its F-18 naval fighter jets for the Indian Navy’s requirements of combat jets for its aircraft carriers.
This move also will develop further ties between both the countries.
“The American Government has offered to provide their naval fighter aircraft F-18 for the Indian Navy under a government proposal at the meeting between defence delegations of both countries during the 2+2 meetings,” government sources told ANI.
The US government has offered to sell their F-18 fighters along with the unmanned aircraft Sea Guardian to the Indian Navy along with a number of other systems to the Indian armed forces in recent times, reported ANI.
The aircraft is an advanced version of the plane which was on offer to the Indian Air Force for its requirement of 126 Multirole Medium Combat Aircraft in which only Rafale and European Eurofighter had been able to meet the qualitative requirements and finally the French plane had been selected.
The American fighter offered to the Indian Navy can be operated from aircraft carriers.
(Inputs from ANI)