Lockheed Martin says it will offer both the F-35B STOVL and F-35C carrier variant of the JSF to India for that country’s requirement for a new naval carrier-based fighter.
“We have received the request for information from the Navy seeking information about the F-35 aircraft, which are capable of taking off from aircraft carriers,” company vice president Orville Prins told Indian media. “We are going to offer our aircraft to them.”
The aircraft are required to operate off two new carriers currently being constructed in India and due to enter service later this decade. The Indian Navy currently operates Sea Harriers and has bought a small number of MiG-29Ks to operate from a refurbished Russian carrier from 2012.
Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.