Sec­ond Boe­ing P-8I air­craft for In­dia com­pletes first flight

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The sec­ond Boe­ing P-8I air­craft for the In­dian Navy com­pleted its ini­tial flight on July 12, tak­ing off from Ren­ton Field at 3:29 p.m. and land­ing two hours and 14 min­utes later at Boe­ing Field in Seattle. The P-8I, a de­riv­a­tive of the Boe­ing Next-Gen­er­a­tion 737-800 com­mer­cial air­plane, is the sec­ond of eight long-range maritime re­con­nais­sance and anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare air­craft Boe­ing is build­ing for In­dia.

“The pro­gramme is on plan and the In­dian Navy is ex­cited for the P-8I to join its fleet,” said Le­land Wight, P-8I Pro­gram Man­ager for Boe­ing.

Dur­ing the flight, Boe­ing test pi­lots per­formed air­borne sys­tems checks and took the P-8I to a max­i­mum al­ti­tude of 41,000 feet prior to land­ing. Boe­ing will be­gin mis­sion sys­tems in­stal­la­tion and check­out work on the air­craft in the com­ing weeks.

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