Indian Navy Boeing P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft completes first flight
Boeing’s first long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft P-8I for the Indian Navy recently completed its initial flight at the Boeing Field in Seattle, USA. Its worth note that India had awarded a $2.1 bn contract to Boeing in January 2009 for 8 such planes to change the ageing fleet of Soviet-era Tu-142s.
A military imitative of Boeing’s 737 commercial plane, the P-8I submarine hunter is the Indian Navy’s variant of the P-8A Poseidon being developed for the US Navy. Poseidon is internationally acknowledged as the benchmark in maritime patrol
Boeing was instructed by the Indian Navy to install certain capabilities not provided for the P8A.
This includes aft-looking radar, custom-designed by US company. Telefonic, which functions like an electronic rearview mirror, scanning the water behind the aircraft
The P-8I is the first of 8 long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft Boeing is constructing for India as part of a deal presented in January 2009