SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
After the US government declined to extend the price offer beyond the 31st of July earlier this year for the Government-to-Government deal for the purchase of six additional P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft, India has asked for “A restated Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) from USG (US Government) as per a report in the ” BW BUSINESSWORLD”.
The Indian Navy had inducted eight Boeing-manufactured P-8I aircraft under a $2.1 billion deal inked in January 2009, while the next four were delivered under another $1.1 billion contract signed in July 2016. Indian Navy is looking to procure six more P8I MPA that will have COMCASA-protected equipment, which is much more advanced and secure than the commercially available ones.
The Indian Navy has 12 P8Is, with eight based at the naval airbase INS Rajali in Arakonam on the Eastern Seaboard and four at INS Hansa in Goa on the Western Seaboard. The extra P8Is are intended to supplement numbers on the Western Seaboard.
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