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July 24, 2012

Indian Navy receives first IFF-1410 transponder from HAL

The Indian Navy has received the first Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF-1410) transponder from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in support of its Boeing P-8I Poseidon long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

P-8I aircraft

The Indian Navy has received the first Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF-1410) transponder from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in support of its Boeing P-8I Poseidon long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

The IFF-1410 will be installed onboard the Indian Navy’s P-8I Poseidon aircraft.

The navy has successfully completed an initial test flight of the first P-8I aircraft off the company’s facility in Seattle, US, and validated its flying qualities and handling characteristics.

Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted HAL’s deputy general manager (HR) D V S Raju as saying that, in addition to Jaguar aircraft’s Darin III upgrade programme, the transponder was also undergoing production for HAL’s subsonic intermediate jet trainer aircraft, the HJT-36 Sitara.

In January 2009, the Indian Navy placed orders with Boeing for the delivery of eight P-8I Poseidon aircraft, worth $2.1bn, intended to replace its ageing fleet of Tupolev Tu-142M maritime surveillance turboprop aircraft.

"The first Poseidon aircraft is expected to be operational with the Indian Navy in 2013, while the second P-8I aircraft is due to perform its first flight in the near future."

The P-8I aircraft is due to undergo test flights over a US Navy test range, west of Neah Bay, Washington, and a joint US/Canadian test range in the Strait of Georgia.

The first Poseidon aircraft is expected to be operational with the Indian Navy in 2013, while the second P-8I aircraft is due to perform its first flight in the near future.

Based on Boeing’s 737-800 aircraft, the P-8I the aircraft features open system architecture, a worldwide base of suppliers, parts and support equipment, as well as advanced sensor and display technologies.

The Boeing-led team for the design and development of the P-8I aircraft includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.


Image: Boeing-built P-8I aircraft will replace the Indian Navy’s ageing Tupolev Tu-142M. Photo: courtesy of the Boeing Company.

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