Boeing P-8I Neptune of Indian Navy

December 25, 2012 6:20 am 2 comments

Boeing P-8I Neptune is a customized export variant of the P-8A Poseidon for the Indian Navy manufactured by Boeing.

The Boeing P-8 Poseidon is a military aircraft developed for the United States Navy (USN) by Boeing Defense, Space & Security based on Boeing 737-800.

The P-8I is intended to conduct anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and shipping interdiction and to engage in an electronic intelligence (ELINT) role. This will involve carrying torpedoes, depth charges, SLAM-ER anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. It will also be able to drop and monitor sonobuoys.

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In January 2009, India’s Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with Boeing for the supply of eight P-8Is at a total cost of US$2.1 billion. The P-8I Neptune aircraft will replace Indian Navy’s aging Tupolev Tu-142M maritime surveillance turboprops.

Each aircraft has an average cost of about US$220 million.The deal makes India the first international customer of the P-8, and also marks Boeing’s first military sale to India.In October 2010, India’s Defence Acquisition Council of the Ministry of Defence approved the purchase of four additional P-8Is bringing the total number to 12. India plans to order another 12 P-8Is at a later time.

The Data Link II communications technology for the P-8I was received by Boeing from Bharat Electronics Limited in April 2010. The communications system will enable exchange of tactical data and messages between Indian Navy aircraft, ships and shore establishments. Boeing will install the system during P-8I final assembly. The IFF interrogator and transponder  system from HAL & BEL was also handed over to Boeing for integration with P-8I. The speech secrecy system from ECIL, power and mission equiment cabinet form Dynamatics, APU door fairings and radomes from TATA, and mobile satellite system from Avantel are also integrated in the Boeing P-8I Neptune. Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) is undertaking the task of airworthiness clearance of the P-8I’s Indigenous equipment.

First flight testing of P-8Is began on September 28, 2011 and the first P-8I was handed over to Indian naval team at the Boeing facility at Seattle on 19 December 2012. The Indian Navy is to fly it to India along with the second and third aircraft after they handed over in May and June of 2013.

2 Comments

  • Dear Sir,

    I deeply appreciate efforts of your team to cover the details.
    Would like to submit that CEMILAC is undertaking the task of airworthiness clearance of the P-8I’s Indigenous equipment which needs a mention in your article.
    Would greatly appreciate if mention of the same is made in the above write up.
    Regards,

    Captain(IN)Rajiv Sood
    CEMILAC,
    DRDO, MoD,
    Marathalli Colony Post,
    Bangalore 560037

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