Indian Received 4th P-8I Poseidon MPA

Indian Received 4th P-8I Poseidon MPA

Boeing has delivered the fourth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India on schedule, fulfilling the first half of a contract for eight aircraft.

The aircraft departed from Boeing Field in Seattle and arrived on May 21 at Naval Air Station Rajali, where it joined three P-8Is currently undergoing operational evaluation, it said in a statement.

"This marks an important milestone -- the halfway point for P-8I deliveries to India.

"The programme's success the past year is really a testament to the great work between Boeing, the Indian Navy and industry," said Boeing Defence, Space & Security (BDS) vice president in India, Dennis Swanson.

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 has developed for the U.S. Navy.

"The Indian Navy is putting the first three P-8Is through their paces operationally, and the P-8I delivered today will begin flight trials in the coming months," said Boeing P-8I programme manager Leland Wight.
Indian Received 4th P-8I Poseidon MPA
The P-8I incorporates not only India-unique design features, but also India-built subsystems that are tailored to the country's maritime patrol requirements. 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.

The P-8I features open system architecture, advanced sensor and display technologies, and a worldwide base of suppliers, parts and support equipment. 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.

Boeing offers India a broad spectrum of defence, space and security solutions that are relevant to India's current and future military and humanitarian needs.

A unit of The Boeing Co, BDS is one of the world's largest defence, space and security businesses specialising in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft.
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