The Indian Navy’s ability to spot potential adversaries has been enhanced as it took delivery of its ninth Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. It will help expand the Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities.
The Indian Navy was the first and is now the largest international customer of the P-8 and recently completed seven years of operating the fleet of patrol planes. The latest aircraft is the first to be delivered under an option contract, worth around $1 billion for four additional patrol planes that were ordered by the Indian Ministry of Defence in 2016.
In addition to ASW and maritime reconnaissance, the P-8I can be deployed to assist during disaster relief and humanitarian missions.
“Our focus has been, and will be, on delivering the world’s best maritime patrol aircraft to the Indian Navy,” said Surendra Ahuja, managing director of Boeing Defence India. “The P-8I, with its exceptional maritime surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, versatility and operational readiness, has proven to be an important asset to the Indian Navy. We remain committed to supporting the modernization and mission readiness of India’s defence forces.”
Boeing has supported India’s growing P-8I fleet by providing training of Indian Navy flight crews, spare parts, ground support equipment and field service representative support.
According to the international defense contractor, its integrated logistics support has further provided the highest state of fleet readiness at the lowest possible cost.