Boe­ing de­liv­ers fifth P-8I mar­itime pa­trol air­craft to In­dia


Boe­ing de­liv­ered the fifth P-8I mar­itime pa­trol air­craft (MPA) to In­dia on sched­ule on Septem­ber 9 as part of a con­tract for eight air­craft to support the In­dian Navy’s mar­itime pa­trol re­quire­ments. The air­craft ar­rived at Naval Air Sta­tion, Ra­jali, after a flight from Seat­tle’s Boe­ing Field, and joined the four pre­vi­ously de­liv­ered P-8Is.

“The P-8I pro­gramme is pro­gress­ing on sched­ule, and the air­craft are pro­vid­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to meet our mar­itime re­con­nais­sance and anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare re­quire­ments,” said Vice Ad­mi­ral R.K. Pat­tanaik, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. He added that the part­ner­ship be­tween Boe­ing and In­dia has been very pro­fes­sional to date.

“This is another im­por­tant mile­stone for the pro­gramme, and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our great re­la­tion­ship with In­dia,” said Den­nis Swan­son, Boe­ing De­fense, Space and Se­cu­rity Vice Pres­i­dent in In­dia. “We’ll de­liver one more P-8I be­fore the end of the year, fol­lowed by two in 2015.”

Boe­ing is build­ing In­dia’s air­craft through a con­tract awarded in 2009. Based on the company’s Next-Gen­er­a­tion 737 com­mer­cial air­plane, the P-8I is the In­dian Navy vari­ant of the P-8A Po­sei­don that Boe­ing builds for the US Navy.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate that se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the In­dian Navy were with us in Seat­tle to par­tic­i­pate in de­liv­ery ac­tiv­i­ties and watch the plane take off for Ra­jali,” said Mark Jor­dan, Boe­ing P-8 In­ter­na­tional Pro­gram Man­ager. “It’s a great ac­com­plish­ment for the en­tire team, and we’re hard at work as­sem­bling and test­ing the next P-8I in line for de­liv­ery.”

The P-8I in­cor­po­rates not only In­dia-unique de­sign fea­tures, but also In­dian-built sub-sys­tems that are tai­lored to meet the coun­try’s mar­itime pa­trol re­quire­ments. The P-8I fea­tures open sys­tem ar­chi­tec­ture, ad­vanced sen­sor and dis­play tech­nolo­gies and a world­wide base of sup­pli­ers, parts and support equip­ment.

In or­der to ef­fi­ciently de­sign and build the P-8I and the P-8A, the Boe­ing-led team is us­ing a first-in-in­dus­try, in-line pro­duc­tion process that draws on the company’s Next-Gen­er­a­tion 737 pro­duc­tion sys­tem. P-8I air­craft are built by a Boe­ing-led in­dus­try team that in­cludes CFM In­ter­na­tional, Northrop Grum­man, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSys­tems, BAE Sys­tems and GE Avi­a­tion.

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