Boe­ing Wins Three-Year Con­tract to Sup­port In­dian Navy P-8I Fleet

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NEW DELHI. Boe­ing re­ceived a three-year con­tract ear­lier this month to con­tinue sup­port of the In­dian Navy’s fleet of P- 8I mar­itime pa­trol air­craft, a com­pany press state­ment said June 19. In ad­di­tion to field and lo­gis­tics ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the con­tract in­cludes en­gi­neer­ing, sup­port and plan­ning. The scope will also in­clude ro­bust ma­te­rial sup­port, in­clud­ing a 737- based com­po­nent ser­vices pro­gramme, which will be ex­e­cuted in con­junc­tion with Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Avi­a­tion Ser­vices’ Fleet Ser­vices di­vi­sion.

“Our Boe­ing De­fence In­dia (BDI) team re­mains fo­cused on ex­e­cut­ing on our com­mit­ments to cus­tomers on sched­ule and cost,” said Pratyush Ku­mar, pres­i­dent of Boe­ing In­dia and vice pres­i­dent of Boe­ing In­ter­na­tional. “With this con­tract, the In­dian Navy can be as­sured of achiev­ing ex­cep­tional op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity and readi­ness of the P-8I fleet.”

The con­tract con­tin­ues the ser­vice Boe­ing pro­vides un­der the pro­gramme’s cur­rent ini­tial pro­duc­tion con­tract, sched­uled to ex­pire in Oc­to­ber.

“This con­tract will sub­stan­tially bol­ster Boe­ing’s per­for­mance-based sup­port to the In­dian Navy and should main­tain or in­crease the op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity of the eight- air­craft fleet,” said Stephen Sch­midt, P- 8I sus­tain­ment pro­gramme man­ager.

The In­dian Navy op­er­ates eight P-8I long-range mar­itime re­con­nais­sance and anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare air­craft at INS Ra­jali. Boe­ing is also con­tracted to de­liver four ad­di­tional P-8I air­craft to the In­dian Navy. De­liv­er­ies will be­gin in 2020.

Since 2009, Boe­ing has played a key role in en­hanc­ing In­dia’s de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties and part­ner­ing with mil­i­tary cus­tomers on their mis­sion re­quire­ments with the C-17 Globe­mas­ter III, P-8I and the soonto-be-de­liv­ered AH-64 Apache and the CH-47 Chi­nook.

Re­cently, Boe­ing an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of BDI, a lo­cal op­er­at­ing en­tity to drive the com­pany’s fu­ture growth ob­jec­tives in In­dia by be­ing re­spon­sive to cus­tomer needs and grow­ing indige­nous engi­neers, sourc­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and life­cy­cle man­age­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties. BDI is the lo­cal ser­vices de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle of the soon- to- be- op­er­a­tional Boe­ing Global Ser­vices unit, a new ded­i­cated ser­vices busi­ness fo­cused on the needs of global de­fence, space and com­mer­cial cus­tomers.

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