On Monday, a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing P8A long-range maritime surveillance aircraft arrived at INS Hansa in Goa for a three-day drill with the Indian Navy. On Tuesday, the coordinated operations began.
The Indian Navy stated in a brief statement that the P-8A will conduct coordinated missions with the Indian Navy’s Boeing P-8I.
“The P-8I squadron at INS Hansa, INAS 316, will interface with and host the RAAF P8A planes.” From June 7 to 9, the RAAF P8A and P-8I aircraft will conduct coordinated anti-submarine warfare and surface surveillance operations, according to the Indian Navy.
The Quadrilateral Security Discussion, sometimes known as the Quad, is a strategic security dialogue involving Australia, India, Japan, and the United States that aspires to create an open Indo-Pacific area.
The Indian Navy sent a P-8I plane to Darwin, Australia, in April for similar coordinated operations in northern Australian waters.
The Boeing 737-800ERX P-8A is a militarised version of the 737-800ERX. The P-8I is a slightly modified version of the American Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft used by the Indian Navy. P8 aircraft from India and Australia have been conducting coordinated operations as part of bilateral and multinational naval combat exercises such as Malabar and AUSINDEX.