Defence Ministry Green Lights Procurement Of 10 Additional P-8I Neptune Maritime Patrol Aircraft For Indian Navy

With tension rising in the Middle East and threat of Chinese Navy operating from Pakistani ports, Ministry of Defense (MoD) has approved procurement of 10 more Boeing P-8I Neptune advanced maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft for the Indian Navy, reports The Diplomat.

The deal is worth $3 Billion and MoD’s Services Capital Acquisition Plan Categorization Higher Committee has given its approval according to reports from IHS Jane’s on June 24.

The aircraft will be directly bought from Boeing but P-8I weaponry, radar, and related equipment will be procured via the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program with the contract expected to be signed in 2020 at the earliest and first aircraft could be delivered to India by 2023. Read More

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