Boeing keeps delivering military variants of the Boeing 737 to various air arms at a quick pace. Only days after delivering a Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) 737 to Turkey, Boeing supplied India with its fifth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, as part of a contract for eight aircraft to support the Indian Navy’s maritime patrol requirements. The aircraft arrived at Naval Air Station Rajali, after a flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field, and joined the four previously delivered P-8Is.
“The P-8I program is progressing on schedule, and the aircraft are providing the capabilities to meet our maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare requirements,” said Vice Admiral RK Pattanaik, India Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. He added that the partnership between Boeing and India has been very professional to date.
Boeing will deliver one more P-8I before the end of the year, followed by two in 2015, says the company, which is building India’s aircraft through a contract awarded in 2009. Based on the company’s Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, the P-8I is the Indian Navy variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing builds for the U.S. Navy.
The P-8I incorporates not only India-unique design features, but also Indian-built sub-systems that are tailored to meet the country’s maritime patrol requirements. The P-8I features open system architecture, advanced sensor and display technologies and a worldwide base of suppliers, parts and support equipment.
In order to efficiently design and build the P-8I and the P-8A, the Boeing-led team is using a first-in-industry, in-line production process that draws on the company’s Next-Generation 737 production system. P-8I aircraft are built by a Boeing-led industry team that includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.
The third Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Indian Navy arrived in India on 22 November 2013.
The aircraft departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Station Rajali, where it joined two P-8Is currently undergoing flight trials and testing. The first P-8I arrived in India in May.
The P-8I is one of eight aircraft Boeing is building for the Indian Navy as part of a contract awarded in 2009. Based on the company’s Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, the P-8I is the Indian Navy variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing has developed for the U.S. Navy. The P-8I incorporates not only India-unique design features, but also India-built subsystems that are tailored to the country’s maritime patrol requirements.
The Indian Navy P-8Is jet aircraft replace aging Tupolev Tu-142M turboprops used for maritime surveillance.
The Indian Navy received its second of originally eight ordered Boeing P-8I maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft on 14 November 2013. The first aircraft of the type was delivered in May.
The second P-8I will first make a series of flight trials in the coming months. India’s first P-8I has been executing live-fire on targets tests, including firing a AGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missile and the drop of a Mk 54 torpedo.
Compared to the USN P-8A the system architecture of the P-8I has been adapted especially for the Indian navy, with a Data Link II communications suite from Bharat Electronics to enable the aircraft to communicate with Indian military units and land bases. The IFF systems also comes from Bharat. Sub-contractors of the aircraft on the American side are CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.
The Indian Navy P-8Is jet aircraft replace aging Tupolev Tu-142M turboprops used for maritime surveillance. The project is a few months behind schedule, but India already seems eager to order up to 16 P-8Is on top of the original order for eight aircraft.
Source: Boeing with additional reporting by AIRheads’ Marcel Burger