Touchdown for the third Boeing P-8I of the Indian Navy (Image © Boeing)

P-8 enters service in India

The Indian Navy formally introduced the Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft into service during a ceremony at naval air base Rajali on Friday 13 November. The move comes six years after the 2.1 billion USD contract for eight P-8I aircraft was signed. The first of those aircraft arrived in 2013, while the last was delivered earlier this year.

India is looking to expand the fleet to twelve Poseidons however. Budget allowing for the purchase of four more aircraft was approved in New Delhi in July.

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Featured image: An Indian Navy P-8I Poseidon (Image © Boeing)