News in Brief
It has been reported in the media that he Indian Navy has formally started discussions with Boeing Defense and Dassault Aviation for the acquisition of 57 multirole fighters to operate off its future aircraft carriers. The aircraft being considered are Boeing’s F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet and Dassault’s Rafale M F3R standard. Both have been offered earlier also. Currently the Navy is employing MiG-29K on INS Vikramaditya. It appears that MiG-29K is not being considered as also Saab’s Gripen maritime. RFP is likely to be issued by the end of the year when the specifications of the aircraft will be spelt out in it.