American carrier-based fighter F / A-18E Super Hornet was tested from a springboard. As stated in the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, the fighter is being prepared for a tender by the Indian Navy for the supply of carrier-based fighters for a new Indian aircraft carrier.
The tests are being carried out on a ground jump built at the US Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. The aircraft made its first takeoffs without a payload in the form of additional fuel tanks and weapons. The timing of the tests with a full load has not yet been reported.
Boeing noted that the F / A-18E Super Hornet carrier-based fighter was originally designed to take off from conventional ground airfields or from the deck of an aircraft carrier using a catapult. The possibility of a shortened takeoff using a springboard was not envisaged, since the US Navy is armed with aircraft carriers classified as CATOBAR. At the same time, Indian aircraft carriers belong to the STOBAR class.
CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take Off But Arrested Recovery) - the plane takes off with the help of a catapult, and the landing is carried out using the air arrestor. (US aircraft carriers, "Charles de Gaulle" France)
STOBAR (Short Take Off But Arrested Landing) take off is carried out with a short takeoff run using a springboard, landing takes place on an air arrestor. (aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov").
Earlier, the Indian Ministry of Defense announced the start of a tender for the supply of 57 carrier-based fighters for its Vikrant and Vishal aircraft carriers. Moreover, if the "Vikrant" was built by India in the image and likeness of the first Indian aircraft carrier "Vikramaditya", the former Soviet aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Gorshkov", then "Vishal" is built without a springboard and with catapults.