New Delhi: US-based aerospace company Boeing on Tuesday delivered the 10th anti-submarine warfare aircraft P-8I to the Indian Navy.
Indian Defence Ministry had first signed a contract for eight P-8I aircraft in 2009. Later, in 2016, it signed a contract for four additional P-8I aircraft, Tribune India reported citing a statement from Boeing. “This is the second aircraft to be delivered under the option contract for four additional aircraft that the Indian Ministry of Defence awarded in 2016,” the statement said.
“In addition to unmatched maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities, the P-8I has been deployed to assist during disaster relief and humanitarian missions,” it added.
Boeing India tweeted, “we are honoured to deliver Indian Navy with 10th P-8I. The P8 is capable of Maritime surveillance, Anti-submarine anti-surface warfare, and Search and rescue operations
The Indian Navy had received the ninth P-8I aircraft in November last year and this aircraft is an integral part of the Indian Navy’s fleet and has surpassed 30,000 flight hours since it was inducted in 2013.”
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