I wonder if India would retool the Superbug for its own means. For example, there's no need for the hook since it will not be used on the carrier. Of course that would affect the CG but it is possible to unreinforce the plane since its sturdily built for carrier ops.
Already the Superbug's first half is simpler built by 40% compared to the C version. And the C version is in fact overbuilt. Two Hornets collided, one broke its nose clean off, the radar falling into the ocean, and the plane still made it back for a safe (base) landing! There have been numerous accounts of the C version coming back with heavy battle damage that belies its relatively small size.
By removing the hook and making construction even simpler, much weight, more than a few thousand pounds, can be saved to make the plane more agile and perhaps carry even bigger payload. I'm not sure whether this is workable or not.