Navy weighs ordering more P-8Is as Boeing nears end of delivery

Boeing has delivered 11 of the 12 P-8I Poseidon aircraft ordered by India. The Navy is grappling with the question of whether to order more of these lethal aircraft

Indian Navy expands Maritime Reconnaissance capabilities with delivery of 11th P-8I. (Photo: ANI)
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The P-8I, which is widely acknowledged to be the world’s most deadly LRMR-ASW aircraft, is a derivative of the Boeing 737-800 airliner, on to which a plethora of sensors and weaponry has been fitted. (Photo: ANI)

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
The Indian Navy’s ability to detect and destroy enemy submarines has been given a substantial boost with The Boeing Company delivering the eleventh of 12 P-8I Poseidon long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (LRMR-ASW) aircraft ordered by India.
 
Since the first P-8I Poseidon was inducted into the Indian Navy in 2013 and during the 30,000 flight hours that the Poseidon fleet has logged since then, the aircraft has become the cutting-edge of India’s ASW arsenal.
 
The P-8I, which is widely acknowledged to be the world’s most deadly LRMR-ASW aircraft, is a derivative of the Boeing 737-800 airliner, on

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First Published: Oct 18 2021 | 8:25 PM IST

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