(28 Feb 2022)
India has taken delivery of its 12th P-8I
maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing.
The aircraft is the fourth of four additional
planes delivered under the options contract signed by the Ministry
of Defence in 2016.
“Customer centricity, commitment to the
modernization and mission-readiness of India’s defence forces are
key values to our partnership with India,” said Surendra Ahuja,
managing director, Boeing Defence India. “With this delivery of
the P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, we continue to nurture this
partnership and are fully committed to working closely with
India’s defence forces to deliver the right value and capabilities
to meet their operational needs.”
Cockpit of a P-8I maritime patrol aircraft. Picture: Boeing
The P-8I is
an integral part of the Indian Navy’s fleet and has surpassed
35,000 flight hours since it was inducted in 2013. In addition to
maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities,
the P-8I has been deployed to assist during disaster relief and
The Indian Navy was the first
international customer for the P-8. Today the P-8 is also
operated by the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force, the
United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air
Boeing Defence India supports the country’s
growing P-8I fleet by providing training to Indian Navy flight
crews, spare parts, ground support equipment and field-service
Boeing also plans to
enhance in-country technical services support for the P-8I fleet
by leveraging the skills and expertise of Boeing’s India
Engineering and Technology Center.
Boeing is also
completing construction on the Training Support & Data Handling
Centre at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, in Tamil Nadu, and a secondary
center at the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology, Kochi,
as part of a training-and-support package contract signed in 2019.
The indigenous, ground-based training will allow the Indian
Navy crew to
increase mission proficiency in a shorter time, while reducing the
on-aircraft training time resulting in increased aircraft
availability for mission tasking.