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Navy's Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft- Boeing P-8I
Dec 30, 2015

Giving a boost to the firepower and arsenal of the Indian Armed Forces, a Boeing P-8I (Poseidon Eight India) Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft was dedicated to by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently in a ceremony held at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in southern India, about 70 Km off Chennai.

  • Boeing P-8I is one of the best for surveillance in the world today. 

  • The aircraft will provide the Indian Navy the necessary reach and flexibility to undertake extensive surveillance as also to respond swiftly and effectively to contingencies in our areas of interest. 

  • In the short phase of trials and testing, the P-8I aircraft had achieved a number of operational milestones which includes participation in the search effort for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370, the first successful firing of air launched Harpoon Block II missile in the world, torpedo firing and active participation in major naval exercises.

  • The P-8I aircraft is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft that Boeing developed as a replacement for the US Navy’s ageing P-3 fleet.

  • Indian Navy became the first international customer for the P-8 aircraft with the conclusion of the nearly US $ 2.1 billion contract on 01 Jan 2009 for a total of eight aircraft. 

  • The first aircraft arrived in India on the 15 May 2013 and as of date; all eight aircraft have been inducted into the Indian Navy and are fully integrated into its operations. 

  • The P-8I aircraft is equipped for long range anti submarine warfare, anti -surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of broad area, maritime and littoral operations. 

  • Its communication and sensor suite includes indigenous equipment developed by defence PSUs and private manufacturers. 

  • With its high speed and high endurance of about 10 hours, the aircraft is capable of thrusting a punitive response and maintaining a watch over India’s immediate and extended areas of interest.


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