EMALS On INS Vishal Will Influence F-35 & Hawkeye E-2D AEW Purchase

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New Delhi: Senior Naval Aviator based at INS Hansa has confirmed that General Atomics developed Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) system for takeoffs and landing has been selected to be used on alleged Nuclear powered Second indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vishal .

General Atomics also has been asked to carry out necessary modifications so that the EMALS system is also certified to operate Russian-supplied Mig-29K and India’s LCA Navy MK2 Carrier-borne fighter jets from INS Vishal but Navy is looking out for a new platform to be used from the new Supercarrier and Lockheed Martin’s 5th Generation F-35 is under active consideration said the same source . Selection of American EMALS system will have an influence on next carrier-borne fighter jet confirmed Senior Naval Aviator to idrw.org and

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Representatives of Lockheed Martin had briefed Indian Navy in 2010 on both conventional takeoff and landing variant as well as on short-take-off-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) F-35 variant for carrier-borne operations. F-35B is equipped with a lift fan mounted behind the cockpit giving the jet short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) capabilities and can hover like a Harrier; and the F-35C, a beefed-up, navalised version for use on American aircraft carrier. F-35B due to its STOVL capabilities can operate from smaller aircraft carriers and can be also used on from INS Vikrant if needed but Navy will take appropriate call after 2020 on new fighter requirements , while it will continue to back development of LCA Navy MK2 for which Navy has requirement for 50 carrier-borne jets for operations from both INS Vishal and INS Vikrant.

Indian Navy is also eyeing carrier-borne Hawkeye E-2D for Airborne Early Warning (AEW) and Battle Management aircraft. Hawkeye E-2D already has been cleared for export to India and a presentation was made to the Indian Navy in late 2010. Hawkeye E-2D is equipped with Northrop Grumman’s APY-9 combat radar, which has the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) capability,Other systems onboard include satellite connectivity, an advanced mission computer with backup, improved engines, a new glass cockpit and midair refuelling capability.

Although its rotodome would use electronic radar scanning, it would be moveable for better surveillance and multi-target engagement.Hawkeye E-2D is believed to be capable of tracking more than 2000 targets up to 600 km.

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