NEW DELHI: The Navy on Wednesday acquired the primary of the 4 new P-8I long-range maritime patrol plane, which is full of sensors and weapons to hunt submarines, at its air station in Goa from the US.
The opposite three P-8I, beneath the $1.1 billion contracts signed with the US in July 2016, might be delivered subsequent yr. Whereas these 4 new P-8Is might be based mostly at INS Hansa in Goa for the western seaboard, the eight such planes acquired earlier are deployed at INS Rajali in Arakkonam (Tamil Nadu) for the jap one.
Although primarily meant to maintain a hawk-eye on the Indian Ocean Area, India has been extensively utilizing the P-8Is to trace actions and build-ups of Chinese language troops in japan Ladakh as properly. “The radars and electro-optic sensors onboard the P-8Is are very superior,” stated an officer.
The primary eight Boeing-manufactured P-8I planes, that is additionally armed with Harpoon Block-II missiles, MK-54 light-weight torpedoes, rockets, and depth prices to “kill” enemy submarines, have been inducted by the Navy beneath a $2.1 billion deal inked in January 2009.
With the most velocity of 907 kmph and a working vary of 1,200 nautical miles, “with 4 hours on station”, the P-8Is present the attain and adaptability to undertake in depth maritime surveillance and intelligence-gathering missions.
India, by the way, is now additionally finalizing the acquisition of six extra P-8Is for $1.eight billion from the US. These six planes may have extra superior methods on account of India signing the COMCASA (Communications, Compatibility and Safety Association) pact with the US in September 2018, as was reported by TOI earlier.