Rafale Vs Hornet: Why is the American fighter F-18 Super Hornet in the headlines in India, being compared to Rafale
These days the French aircraft Rafale and America's F-18 Super Hornet aircraft are in the news. Which is the best of the two, it is being compared. Although the French Rafale has already won India's trust. Now it is the turn of the American aircraft Super Hornet to establish its superiority over it. Actually, the Indian Navy has got the indigenous aircraft carrier pole INS Vikrant. Now it is the turn of the fighter planes to be deployed on it. In such a situation, there is tough competition between France and America's Hornet. Let us know the merits of both. It will also be known who is having the upper hand in the race between these two.
American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has offered its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft for the Indian Navy's aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. The aircraft is currently operated by several aircraft carriers of the US Navy. INS Vikrant is going to officially join the Indian Navy on September 2. At the same time, Dassault Aviation, which makes Rafale M, argues that India is already operating Rafale fighter aircraft. In such a situation, India can get a lot of convenience from the purchase of Rafale M. However, the Indian Navy has not yet clarified its stand on the purchase of any fighter aircraft.
Features of Super Hornet Features of Super Hornet
1- The Super Hornet first flew in 1995. The McDonell Douglas-designed and initially built Super Hornet first took off in 1995. The F/A-18 Super Hornet is a twin-engine, carrier-based, multi-role fighter aircraft. Its two variants, the Boeing F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet are currently in operation in the US Navy. The F/A-18E is a single-seat and F/A-18F double-seat fighter aircraft.
2- The Super Hornet is fitted with an internal 20 mm M61 rotary cannon, which can fire thousands of rounds in a minute. This fighter aircraft can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. Not only this but five drop tanks of fuel can also be installed in the F/A-18 Super Hornet. It can also be used as an air tanker by adding an air-to-air refueling system.
3- The speed of the F/A-18 Super Hornet is 1915 kmph. It can be operated in a range of 3330 km. In 2012, the price of one unit was reported to be $66,900,000 to $66,900,000. The aircraft is powered by General Electric's F414 engine. So far more than 608 units of this aircraft have been manufactured.
4- These aircraft are included in the US Navy, Australian Navy, and Kuwait Air Force. The Super Hornet is roughly 20 percent bigger than its predecessor. The weight of this fighter aircraft is 3,200 kg. The Super Hornet can fly with 33 percent additional internal fuel. This can increase its mission range by 41 percent. The empty weight of the Super Hornet is about 5,000 kg less than the F-14 Tomcat.
Features of Rafale Fighter Jet
1- Rafale of France is already included in the Indian Air Force. This aircraft has been molded according to the defense needs of India. The Rafale aircraft is also capable of carrying nuclear weapons with it. This aircraft can carry a weight of up to 24,500 kg. It can also fly an additional 60 hours. Its speed is 2,223 kilometers per hour. The Rafale aircraft equipped with Meteor missiles can shoot down an aircraft like an F-16 from a distance of 120 km. This aircraft can carry four missiles simultaneously. The length of Rafale is 15.30 meters and the height is 5.30 meters. Rafale is the ideal aircraft for flying in mountainous areas.
2- Rafale is a fighter aircraft that can be sent on at least seven types of missions. It can reach a height of 60 thousand feet in a minute. Its fuel capacity is 17 thousand kg. The Rafale jet is capable of performing multiple tasks simultaneously in all types of weather, hence it is also known as multirole fighter aircraft. It has a Scalp missile that can air-to-surface 60
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3- In India, Rafale is equipped with Beyond Visual Range Missiles, that is, it can be flown without seeing the target plane. The Rafale has an active radar seeker, which gives the facility to operate the jet in any weather. Missiles like the Scalp Missile or Storm Shadow can easily destroy any bunker.