Weekly Current Affairs

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.