Boeing continues to expand the Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the delivery of the country’s 10th P-8I.
The Indian Navy’s fleet of P-8I aircraft has crossed 30,000 flight hours since it was first introduced in 2013.
This is the second aircraft to be awarded under an additional four aircraft option contract that was awarded by India’s Defense Ministry in 2016. The Indian Navy was the first international customer of the P-8, which is also operated by the US Navy. Royal Australian Air Force and Royal UK Air Force.
In addition to unmatched maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities, the P-8I was deployed to assist during disaster relief and humanitarian missions.
Boeing supports India’s growing P-8I fleet by providing flight crew training, spare parts, ground support equipment and field service representative support to the Indian Navy. Boeing’s integrated logistical support allowed for a high level of fleet readiness at the lowest possible cost.
Boeing is currently completing the construction of a Data Handling and Training Support Center at Naval Stations in Rajali, Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu and a Secondary Maintenance Training Center at the Naval Aeronautical Technology Institute in Kochi, Kerala as part of a training and support package contract . This new ground-based indigenous training in 2019 will allow Indian Navy crew to increase mission efficiency in less time, while reducing aircraft training time, resulting in greater aircraft availability for the mission.