Boeing delivers sixth P8I maritime patrol aircraft to India

US aviation manufacturer Boeing has delivered the sixth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India on schedule, a media release has said.

Washington: US aviation manufacturer Boeing has delivered the sixth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India on schedule, a media release has said.

The P-8I, which is part of a contract of eight awarded in 2009, arrived at Naval Air Station Rajali to join five others being used by the Indian Navy.

Rest two deliveries are scheduled for 2015.

"The P-8I's arrival in India is another key milestone for the program and marks our final delivery of the year," said Dennis Swanson, vice president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security in India.

"The Indian Navy is currently conducting missions with the first five aircraft, and this newest P-8I will begin flight trials in the coming months," he said.

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 US 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 systems architecture, advanced sensor and display technologies, and a worldwide base of suppliers, parts, and support equipment, a company release said.

"We have a great partnership with India, which has helped us keep the program on schedule and on budget," said Mark Jordan, Boeing P-8 International program manager.

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.  

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