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P-8I Patrol Aircraft

P-8I Patrol Aircraft:

The US State Department has approved the sale of six P-8I patrol aircraft and related equipment to India.

  • The six aircraft will come fitted with encrypted systems, as India has signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) with the US.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council approved the procurement of the aircraft in 2019.

About the P-8I Aircraft:

  • It is a long-range maritime reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft.
  • It is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft that Boeing company developed as a replacement for the US Navy’s aging P-3 fleet.
  • With a maximum speed of 907 kmph and an operating range of over 1,200 nautical miles, the P-8Is detect threats and neutralize them if required, far before they come anywhere near Indian shores.
  • Indian Navy became the first international customer for the P-8 aircraft in 2009.