HAL Delivers 150th Gun Bay Door for Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet Fighter Aircraft

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has delivered the 150th gun bay door for the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft, Boeing announced.

“We are proud of our partnership with HAL. This delivery of the 150th gun bay door for the Super Hornet demonstrates that Indian suppliers are an integral part of Boeing’s global supply chain,” said Salil Gupte, President of Boeing India.

“HAL is committed to strengthening aerospace manufacturing in India. This delivery is not just an important milestone for HAL, but also for Boeing and the Indian industry,” said R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

HAL was awarded the contract by Boeing to manufacture the gun bay doors for the Super Hornet in 2007. The Indian state-owned aircraft manufacturer has been Boeing’s long-term supplier in India for over 25 years.

The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III aircraft is offered to Indian Air Force for the second iteration of the previously cancelled Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition, and to the Indian Navy for its requirement of a new carrier-based multi-role fighter jet.

Boeing has completed extensive analysis and testing on Super Hornet’s compatibility with Indian Navy aircraft carriers. According to Boeing, the results showed that the Super Hornet is capable of launching off a ski-jump carrier and could be operated from Indian carriers with a meaningful fuel and weapons load.

In 2018, Boeing announced a partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) for manufacturing the Super Hornet in India for its armed forces, and pursuing the joint development of future technologies.

Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet for India. Infographics released by Boeing.
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet for India. Infographics released by Boeing.

Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) as a larger and more advanced derivative of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18E is the single-seat variant and F/A-18F is the tandem-seat variant.

The aircraft is currently operated by the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and is ordered by the Kuwait Air Force.

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