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12th P-8I aircraft from Boeing

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  • February 25, 2022
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12th P-8I aircraft from Boeing

Part of: Prelims and GS-III Defence and security

Context: Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has delivered the 12th P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft to the Indian Navy. This completes the follow-on clause for four additional P-8I aircraft contracted in 2016.

  • In May 2021, the U.S. State Department approved the possible sale of six additional P-8I aircraft and related equipment, a deal estimated to cost $2.42 billion.
  • the six P-8Is will come installed with encrypted communication systems since India has now signed the foundational agreement Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) with the U.S.

About P-8I

  • The P-8s (Poseidon-Eight) Indian variant is referred to as P-8I. 
  • The aircraft plays a crucial role in being the eyes of the Indian Navy and carrying out critical maritime operations. 
  • It gives India’s maritime warriors a significant edge in the strategically important Indian Ocean region. 
  • The P-8I is responsible for:
    • coastal patrolling
    • search-and-rescue,
    •  anti-piracy,  
    • supporting operations of other arms of the military.

News Source: TH

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