With China increasing its presence in the Indian Ocean in the second half of the last decade and its Soviet-origin Tupolev Tu-142M needing replacement, the Indian Navy went shopping for a modern submarine hunter in the mid-2000s.
A $2.1 billion deal was sealed with United States-based Boeing in January 2009, barely two years after the process began, making it an ideal case of defence procurement. It was an achievement, especially because the Defence Ministry was then headed by A K Antony – infamous for inducing delays in the already-broken, over-bureaucratised defence procurement procedure.
India had selected the P-8 Poseidon Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft over the one offered by EADS CASA of Spain, becoming its first export customer. Read More