GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 8 Jan. 2009.GE Aviation in Grand Rapids, Mich., will provide avionics systems, as well as aircraft structures, for the eight P-8 long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare jet aircraft that Boeing is developing for the Indian navy.
The Government of India hired Boeing to provide the aircraft for its maritime patrol need. The P-8I is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon being developed for the U.S. Navy by a Boeing-led industry team that includes GE Aviation. The P-8I will replace the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion four-engine turboprop maritime patrol aircraft.
GE Aviation is providing the electronic stores management system and flight management system for the P-8I, as well as fuselage and the wing pylon structures.
GE's stores management system provides integrated electronic control, while the company's flight management system provides an open-architecture flight computer system. India is the first international customer for the P-8. Boeing will deliver the first P-8I within 48 months of the contract signing, and the remaining seven by 2015.
The P-8I operates over land or water while performing anti-submarine warfare missions; search and rescue; maritime interdiction; and long-range intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance. For more information contact GE Aviation online at www.ge.com/aviation.