Boeing delivers 11th P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to Indian Navy
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Boeing delivers 11th P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to Indian Navy

19 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 19th, 2021 09:47)

The aircraft was inducted into service with the Indian Navy in 2013 and has completed over 30,000 flight hours to date.

Boeing delivers 11th P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to Indian Navy
P-8I is a long-range, multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft offered by Boeing for the Indian Navy. Credit: Boeing.

Boeing has delivered the 11th P-8I maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the Indian Navy, which will further expand the service’s maritime reconnaissance capabilities.

The MPA provides anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities and can be deployed for disaster relief and humanitarian missions.

Since its induction in 2013, the P-8I multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft has logged over 30,000 flight hours.

In 2016, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a contract to Boeing to deliver four additional P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft for the Indian Navy.

The MPA is the third of the additional aircraft under this options contract.

The Indian Navy was Boeing’s first international customer for the aircraft.

The P-8 series is also operated by the US Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the British Royal Air Force.

Boeing also offers P-8I training support to the Indian Navy flight crews, provides spare parts and field service representative support, as well as ground support equipment.

The company’s integrated logistics support enables the Indian Navy to maintain a high state of P-8I fleet readiness at an affordable cost.

Boeing is currently constructing the Training Support & Data Handling Centre at INS Rajali in Arakkonam in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

The company is also building a secondary centre at the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology, Kochi under a training and support package contract signed in 2019.

Boeing delivered the 10th P-8I MPA to the Indian Navy in July.