|The Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft. Photo: Boeing|
[Avionics Today 11-26-2014] Boeing delivered the sixth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to the Naval Air Station Rajali in India, on schedule, to join five others being used by the Indian Navy. 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 is part of a contract of eight awarded in 2009 with the final two deliveries scheduled for 2015.
The P-8I incorporates Indian-built sub-systems that are tailored to meet the country’s maritime patrol requirements and features open systems architecture and advanced sensor and display technologies. A Boeing-led industry team that includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation builds P-8I aircraft.