Thursday, 15 July 2021

Indian Navy gets its 10th Boeing P-8I Poseidon

The Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities have been extended with the delivery of the country’s 10th P-8I Poseidon aircraft in recent days.

This latest addition to the fleet will form an integral part of the Indian Navy’s capabilities. The other aircraft in the fleet have surpassed 30,000 flight hours since it was inducted in 2013, the aircraft's manufacturers, Boeing has revealed. 

This is the second aircraft to be delivered under an option contract for four additional aircraft that the Indian Ministry of Defence awarded in 2016. The Indian Navy was the first international customer for the P-8, which is also operated by the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force.

In addition to unmatched maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities, the P-8I has been deployed to assist during disaster relief and humanitarian missions.

Boeing supports India’s growing P-8I fleet by providing training of Indian Navy flight crews, spare parts, ground support equipment and field service representative support. Boeing’s integrated logistics support has enabled a high state of fleet readiness at the lowest possible cost.  

Boeing is currently completing construction on the Training Support & Data Handling Centre at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu and a secondary maintenance training centre at the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology, Kochi, Kerala as part of a training and support package contract signed in 2019. This new indigenous, ground-based training will allow Indian Navy crew to increase mission proficiency in a shorter time while reducing on-aircraft training time resulting in increased aircraft availability.

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