Washington: American aviation giant Boeing on Friday rolled out its first ‘P-8A Poseidon´, claiming it to be the world’s most advanced multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, with the Company saying that India would be its first buyer country.
India has ordered eight P-8Is, a derivative of the American version, the first of which Boeing will deliver within 48 months of the contract being signed. The rest seven aircraft would be delivered by 2015, filling a wide gap in India’s maritime reconnaissance capability, hit by crashes of its Russian built aircraft.
The Indian RFP (request for proposal) which is awaiting a formal nod from the Cabinet Committee on Security calls for delivery of eight aircraft over a four-year period.
Though the Indian version is a variant of the just rolled out P-8A Poseidon, Boeing officials said the mission system of the Indian aircraft have been made to address the unique requirements tailored by the Indian Navy.
“In fact, the Indian variant of the world’s newest aircraft leverages a great deal of the work done on the American aircraft,” the officials said.
Boeing officials also said though the two Navy’s requirements differ and so do the mission systems, but the Indian variant efforts have been made to capture as much cost-savings as possible for the Indian Navy.