India gets a new long-range P-8I patrol aircraft
NEW DELHI: The Navy on Wednesday received the first of the four new P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft, which are packed with sensors and weapons to hunt submarines, at its air station in Goa from the US.
The other three P-8I, under the $1.1 billion contract signed with the US in July 2016, will be delivered next year. While these four new P-8Is will be based at INS Hansa in Goa for the western seaboard, the eight such aircraft acquired earlier are deployed at INS Rajali in Arakkonam (Tamil Nadu) for the eastern one.
Though primarily meant to keep a hawk-eye on the Indian Ocean Region, India has been extensively using the P-8Is to track movements and build-ups of Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh as well. “The radars and electro-optic sensors on board the P-8Is are very advanced,” said an officer.
The first eight Boeing-manufactured P-8I aircraft, which are also armed with Harpoon Block-II missiles, MK-54 lightweight torpedoes, rockets and depth charges to “kill” enemy submarines, were inducted by the Navy under a $2.1 billion deal inked in January 2009.
With a maximum speed of 907 kmph and an operating range of 1,200 nautical miles, “with four hours on station”, the P-8Is provide the reach and flexibility to undertake extensive maritime surveillance and intelligence-gathering missions.
India, incidentally, is now also finalizing the acquisition of six more P-8Is for $1.8 billion from the US. These six planes will have more advanced systems as a result of India signing the COMCASA (Communications, Compatibility and Security Arrangement) pact with the US in September 2018, as was reported by TOI earlier.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/51358.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
India has always been a peaceful nation. To ENSURE PEACE India must consolidate into its .. RIGHTFUL .. LONG DENIED .. POSITION OF POWER in the world community.
.. MODIji is just taking the right steps .. following his own quote that .. 'WEAK CANNOT BRING PEACE'.
Jay, Can you name anything modi did positive. Don't give me fake list if you have MODI fied brain if you have one.
Just one of these Aircrafts has such sophisticated equipment that it can scan and detect and hit 50 of the Chinese submarines. So even if China has more submarines than India, India has upper hand in a battle.
yeah, meanwhile Chinese will get scared of 56 cm TB chest of Feku and run away from China.
But Chinese submarines can still launch torpedos on Indian targets. This aircraft won't stop that. will it?
Torpedo in sky?
But nothing to match the 8,400 crores aeroplane exclusively for Mody
That is for the PM and President of India.
Congress is out to loot the country. Their leaders don’t have a vision statement of what they want India to be in 2030/2040. Zero imagination and zero interest or desire to make India great. It is a family run business and will do NOTHING to help the poor Indians
Good! Respect has to be earned. Strength plays a big part in earning it.
Good to see armed forces getting stronger day by day...
why did BJP govt scrap the deal for buying P-8i for a price of 499/piece made during UPA govt?
Trump has really done his job well ! Must have Sold some old surveillance aircrafts with refurbishment at the price of new aircrafts ! Some body must be making huge money through commission on such aircrafts ! Trump is a maniac and one day he will speak out the truth about paying commission to Indian Politicians and the quality of aircrafts sold to India .
You all start paying taxes imandaarise and we will buy new planes.
It was a deal by Modi to please his master Trump.
Lol getting jeolous of india
Indians are proud of the new P-8i. Boeing and US workers are equally happy, especially when facing bankruptcy due to no sales of other Boeing planes. Indians will always keep American workers happy.
Indians make Babies and US, Russia and France make combat and domestic plans.
India playing a big role in building up the US economy. Some wise one recently said go local..but then some guys don't get it and keep importing billions worth equipment.