American firm Boeing on 24 November 2014 delivered the sixth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India. It arrived at Naval Air Station Rajali in Tamil Nadu on 25 November 2014.
The P-81 is a long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. It joined five others P-81 aircrafts being used by the Indian Navy.
The delivery of sixth P-81 aircraft took place under the eight-aircraft deal signed in 2009 between Boeing and Indian Navy. The deal was worth 12000 crore rupees with three each were to be delivered in 2013 and in 2014 respectively and two were to be delivered in 2015.
About P-81 aircraft
• The P-8I is based on the Boeing next-generation 737 commercial airplane. It is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that the US Navy uses.
• It is equipped with foreign and indigenous sensors for maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine operations and electronic intelligence missions.
• It is integrated with latest sensors and anti-surface and anti-submarine weapons.
When: 24 November 2014