India to buy 10 more P-8 maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft in $3 billion deal

The P-8I has modern U.S. ASW technology including a Telephonics APS-143 OceanEye aft radar system and a cutting-edge magnetic anomaly detector.

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New Delhi, India – India’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has approved the $3 billion procurement of 10 more Boeing P-8I Neptune advanced maritime patrol aircraft for the Indian navy. The Diplomat reports. Continue reading original article

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26 June 2019 -- The P-8I is equipped with some of the most modern U.S. ASW technology including a Telephonics APS-143 OceanEye aft radar system and a cutting-edge magnetic anomaly detector. (The APS-143 is not present on the original P-8A Poseidon in use by the U.S. Navy.)

The aircraft, also used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), also is armed with U.S. weapons systems including Harpoon Block-II missiles, MK-54 lightweight torpedoes, [and] rockets. The aircraft are all data-linked with Indian submarines in order to have the capability to pass on information about enemy vessels.

Notably, India chose not to purchase Mark 82 depth charges for P-8I aircraft ASW operations given the capabilities of the MK-54 torpedoes and Harpoon Block-II missiles.

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