Besides all of the above, it isn't in production any more and the only remaining user are the USMC (possibly the Spaniards still? Pretty sure the Italians retired theirs). All the British examples were bought for parts by the US, so there is only one large pool of working aircraft and they are not in great shape even now, let alone in the future.Short answer? No. Long answer? Hell no! The Harrier is a fine plane. But at this point, it's a 55 year old design, it's subsonic, carries 4,000 pounds less ordinance and is significantly less capable as an interceptor primarily due to its low speed. The Harrier has provided outstanding service throughout its life. But even a compromised MiG-29K offers more.i was thinking earlier
with the IN already thinking of a MiG-29K replacement
in retrospect do you think rather than Fulcrums, they should have gone for more Harriers (either the UK or US versions) instead?
could probably have lasted until 2020-2030ish, which by then they could have moved on to something else, F-35B/C, Rafale, etc.
I assume it would not be too difficult to adapt the harrier to the Vikramaditya
The obvious, in fact only, STOVL choice would be F-35, but it isn't clear India will ever be allowed to purchase that due to S-400 purchases.
EDIT TO ADD: F-18E/F/G seems like a more likely option for Indian STOBAR ops. With the retirement of Viraat, there's no reason to have two very different modes of operations between carriers. Any future Indian CV I assume is CATOBAR, which can use the same aircraft and similar deck handling procedures to STOBAR. The Rafale M not having folding wings seems like a deal breaker to me, so I can't see the Indians buying anything but F-18 unless F-35 were to become available. The F-18 isn't especially capable as a fighter, but it has an excellent avionics fit, vastly better range than an MiG-29 (especially any future purchase which would be Blk 3), and has been integrated (and will continue to be integrated) with possibly the widest range of ordnance options of any Western aircraft.