India-US deal to procure four Poseidon-8I aircraft
India-US deal to procure four Poseidon-8I aircraft [Defence]
ndia signed an over USD 1 billion deal with American defence and aerospace major Boeing for procuring four additional ‘Poseidon-8I’ long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
The contract is a follow-on order to eight P-81 planes already bought by India in a direct deal with the fi rm worth USD 2.1 billion.
Contract was inked during ongoing visit of US Under Secretary for Defence on Acquisition Frank Kendall, and is seen as a sign of growing Indo-US defence ties.
India had last year signed a USD 3 billion contract with the US through Foreign Military Sales route for 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters.
With today’s deal, the total value of defence deals signed with the US in the last one decade comes to around USD 15 billion.
The acquisition of additional ‘P-8I’ will be a shot in the arm of the Indian Navy as the country has been building up its naval surveillance capabilities.
The Navy is extensively using the P-8I to keep a strict vigil over the Indian Ocean, which has seen numerous Chinese submarine forays, including docking of a nuclear sub in Sri Lanka.
The Navy will also be able to drop and monitor sonobuoys, being used in the search for the missing AN32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
Incidentally, India was ‘P-8’’s fi rst international customer and was also Boeing’s fi rst military sale to India.
Plane will provide strategic blue water & littoral undersea warfare capabilities as well as armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to navy.