Indian Navy takes delivery of its Boeing P-8I Poseidon n ° 11

The second largest fleet (after the US Navy) of Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft continues to grow, with the delivery of the eleventh aircraft to the Indian Navy.

The Indian Navy acquired eight P-8I aircraft from Boeing in January 2009 through direct commercial sale and contracted for four additional aircraft in July 2016. The first P-8I aircraft was delivered to the Indian Navy in 2013 and the fleet has now accumulated 30,000 flights. hours.

It is the third aircraft to be delivered under the execution of contractual options for four additional aircraft that the Indian Ministry of Defense awarded in 2016. Boeing reports that the Indian Navy was the first international customer of the P-8 and today operates the world’s largest long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare fleet.

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

Boeing is supporting India’s growing P-8I fleet by providing training for Indian Navy flight crews, spare parts, ground support equipment and assistance to field service representatives. Boeing’s integrated logistics support enabled high fleet readiness at the lowest possible cost.

Boeing P-8I

Boeing completes construction of the Training and Data Processing Assistance Center (TSDH) at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu, and a secondary center at the Kochi Naval Institute of Aviation Technology, under a training and assistance contract signed in 2019. Local and land training will enable Indian Navy crews to acquire the necessary mission skills in a shorter timeframe, while reducing training time on the aircraft, which will result in greater availability of each aircraft for mission tasks.

The Indians seem very satisfied with this weapon system, as they have made inquiries to acquire 6 more units, which have already been released for export by the US Congress.

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