P-8I Squadron INAS 316 ‘Condors’

The second P-8I aircraft squadron of the Navy has been commissioned by the Indian Navy in a ceremony that was held at INS Hansa, Goa. ‘Condors’ is the title given to INAS 316. Condors are one of the world’s largest flying land birds and have a massive wingspan.

Overview

  • In the Indian Ocean region, India is the preferred partner for security and this reflects the nation’s ability to play a strategic role in this region.
  • The INAS 316’s commissioning has marked another milestone towards the Navy’s commitment to boost maritime surveillance and security in the Indian Ocean Region.

Insignia

This newly commissioned squadron’s insignia depicts a ‘Condor’ that is searching over the sea’s vast bluish expanse. ‘Condors’ are noted around the world for their great sensory abilities, large massive wings, and sharp and powerful talons which represent the aircraft’s capabilities and the anticipated tasks that will be given to the squadron.

About Boeing P-8I

The Boeing P-8I aircraft will be operated by the INAS. P-8I is an aircraft with multi-role Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti-Submarine Warfare (LRMR ASW) capabilities. This aircraft can also be equipped with a range of Torpedoes as well as Air-to-Ship Missiles. This aircraft will play an important role in electronic warfare missions, search and rescue, and maritime surveillance and strike. It will also be providing targeting data to the weapon platforms. The aircraft will also be providing surveillance information that is time-critical and will also help in detecting and destroying enemy submarines and ships.

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