Boeing has confirmed that it is set to deliver the first three P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft to the Indian Navy this year following the first on-site delivery in December.
The long range ISR aircraft is based on the 787-700 airliner, and Boeing is on contract for eight aircraft with options for four more. After the first aircraft was delivered on-site in Seattle in December, training began in January.
‘This provides a great capability for the Indian Navy,’ Leland Wight, P-8I programme manager, explained to a media briefing at the Aero India show in Bangalore. ‘This is a big year for Boeing and the Indian Navy with deliveries in country starting this year.’
06/02/13 Beth Stevenson/Shephard Media