Chennai: The first of eight Boeing P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance and Anti Submarine Warfare (LRMRASW) aircrafts India has purchased from the United States arrived at the naval air station at nearby Arakkonam on Wednesday.
The P-8I, based on the Boeing 737-800(NG) airframe, is the Indian naval variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing has developed for the U.S. Navy.
Vice Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma, Chief of Staff (Eastern Naval Command), received the aircraft at a function organised at INS Rajali.
Equipped with foreign and indigenous sensors for maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine operations and electronic intelligence missions, the aircraft is fully integrated with state-of-the-art sensors and highly potent anti-surface and anti-submarine weapons, a defence press release said.
"The Indian Navy is in process of procuring an additional four P-8I aircraft under the option clause. The P-8I aircraft will greatly enhance India`s maritime surveillance capability in the Indian Ocean Region," it said.
The remaining seven aircrafts under the 2009 contract would be delivered over the next two years, the release added.