RM CLEARS 1,950 CRORE WORTH P-8I CONTRACT FOR THE NAVY
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the procurement of P-8I Training Solution for the Navy at a cost of ` 1,949.32 crore (about $0.304 billion). The P-8I Training Solution, along with 10-year comprehensive maintenance service, will be brought from Boeing. This training solution accurately simulates P-8I aircraft and mission systems. It will help the Navy train and realistically rehearse for sophisticated missions involving P-8I aircraft, at a fraction of the cost of live aircraft training. The first P-8I aircraft was inducted in Indian Navy in 2013 and as of date, eight aircraft, based at INS Rajali, have been fully integrated into Indian Naval operations. In 2016, the MoD placed a follow-on order for four additional P-8I, the delivery of which will begin in 2020.