Navy’s Boe­ing P-8I touches down at the Emer­ald Is­lands

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The Boe­ing P-8I, a long-range mar­itime re­con­nais­sance anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (LRMR/ASW) air­craft of the In­dian Navy, made its maiden land­ing at the INS Utkrosh air­field on Au­gust 6. Pi­loted by the Squadron Com­man­der (des­ig­nate), Com­man­der H.S. Jhajj, the air­craft un­der call sign ‘IN 321’ was wel­comed to the is­lands by the Com­man­der-in-Chief, An­daman and Ni­co­bar Com­mand, Air Mar­shal P.K. Roy, at an event that was at­tended by se­nior of­fi­cers of the Uni­fied Com­mand. The air­craft that landed here is the same that ar­rived in In­dia in May this year. It is the first of the eight air­craft that are be­ing pro­cured un­der a con­tract signed in 2009 and is based on the Boe­ing 737-800 plat­form. The air­craft is based at INS Ra­jali, Arakkonam.

The P-8I is the In­dian naval vari­ant of the P-8A ‘Po­sei­don’ air­craft that Boe­ing has de­vel­oped for the US Navy and In­dia is the first in­ter­na­tional cus­tomer of this air­craft. The air­craft is equipped with both for­eign as well as in­dige­nous sen­sors for mar­itime re­con­nais­sance, anti-sub­ma­rine op­er­a­tions and elec­tronic in­tel­li­gence mis­sions. The air­craft is fully in­te­grated with state-of-the-art sen­sors and highly po­tent anti-sur­face and anti-sub­ma­rine weapons.

The in­duc­tion of th­ese air­craft into the In­dian Navy has pro­vided a quan­tum leap to In­dia’s mar­itime sur­veil­lance ca­pa­bil­ity in the In­dian Ocean Re­gion and en­hanced the Navy’s strate­gic reach.

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