P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft

Boeing has received the first international version of Raytheon’s APY-10 surveillance radar for installation onboard the Indian Navy’s P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

In January 2009, India signed a $2.1bn contract with Boeing for the acquisition of eight P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft to replace the Indian Navy’s aging fleet of Tupolev Tu-142M maritime surveillance turboprop aircraft, following which Boeing subcontracted Raytheon for the production of eight APY-10 radars for use on the aircraft.

The APY-10 is a long-range surveillance radar that can provide accurate information for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, and for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission support under all weather in day and night conditions.

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Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems Business Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems vice president Tim Carey says: "Our APY-10 radar will provide the Indian navy with proven, low-risk technology built on generations of successful Raytheon maritime radar systems."

The adaptable and configurable APY-10 radar provides detection and tracking of airborne targets, allowing the crew to detect threats in the air as well as at sea in air-to-air mode.

Additionally, the interleaved weather and surface search capability provides the cockpit with up-to-date weather avoidance information while performing surveillance missions.

India is the first international customer for the Boeing-developed P-8I, a variant of the US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon.

The P-8I can perform a wide range of missions including anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, long-range intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance over land and water.

The aircraft features open system architecture, advanced sensor and display technologies, and a worldwide base of suppliers, parts and support equipment.

Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2012 and will be completed by 2015.

Image: Indian Navy’s P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to be equipped with Raytheon’s APY-10 surveillance radar. Photo: Boeing.