Selling the Super Hornet in India didn’t work out. After looking at a wide variety of aircraft, India down-selected the Super Hornet.
This video has some interesting comments from a Boeing official on what defines the Super Hornet capability. No surprise to some of us who know, but it gives pause to why Australia is almost certainly going to populate their whole air force with this type.
Consider the following and see if this is the kind of aircraft you want to pay for to protect our skies for the next 20 or more years.
“It handles air-to-air with technology, not with speed and acceleration.The same thing that makes it a great short-field airplane, makes it not a very fast airplane. It’s got a fat wing.”
He also goes on to state that it is the AESA and a long range BVR missile that helps you protect your fleet. It is really more for self-defense, then to run a clear the skies scenario.
And if the probability of kill (PK) of the AMRAAM is lowered to that of a Vietnam-era Sparrow through enemy jamming and/or low observability appliances; then what?