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


via In­dra I, Phase II, a joint Indo– Rus­sia Air Force ex­er­cise was held at Air Force Sta­tion Hal­wara (Pun­jab) from Novem­ber 17. The Phase I of the Avia In­dra I was held at As­trakhan near the Caspian Sea in Rus­sia in Au­gust 2014.

Me­dia from Pun­jab also had an op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness the ex­er­cise at SK (Sid­hwanKhas) Range. Such ex­er­cises, spe­cially with Rus­sia, are of sig­nif­i­cance as the IAF has a large inventory of Rus­sian equip­ment. For the di­verse de­fence needs of the two air forces there is much to ben­e­fit from such en­gage­ments for both sides.

Dur­ing the ex­er­cise, fighter he­li­copter and mis­sile crew of the two coun­tries op­er­ated to­gether. It in­cluded air-to-ground

Boe­ing de­liv­ered the sixth P-8I mar­itime pa­trol air­craft to In­dia, on sched­ule, on Novem­ber 24, ar­riv­ing at the Naval Air Sta­tion Ra­jali to join five oth­ers be­ing used by the In­dian Navy. The P-8I is part of a con­tract of eight awarded in 2009. The fi­nal two de­liv­er­ies are sched­uled for 2015.

“The P-8I’s ar­rival in In­dia is another key mile­stone for the pro­gramme and marks our fi­nal de­liv­ery of the year,” said Den­nis Swan­son, Vice Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity in In­dia. “The In­dian Navy is cur­rently con­duct­ing mis­sions with the first five air­craft, and this new­est P-8I will be­gin flight tri­als in the com­ing months.”

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.

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

“We have a great part­ner­ship with In­dia, which has helped us keep the pro­gramme on sched­ule and on bud­get,” said Mark Jor­dan, Boe­ing P-8 In­ter­na­tional Pro­gram Man­ager.

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 nextgen­er­a­tion 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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