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.
- 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
- supporting operations of other arms of the military.
News Source: TH