In a big boost to the Navy’s reconnaissance and anti-submarine capabilities along the western coast, the last of the P-8I (IN331) aircraft has landed at INS Hansa, Goa. Indian Navy’s first 2 P-8I aircraft that were part of the second batch of four additional P-8I aircraft were inducted last year after the fitment of indigenous equipment and Flight Acceptance Trials.

The Indian Navy acquired the first batch of eight P-8I aircraft in 2013, which are stationed at INS Rajala Naval Air Base at Akakkonam in Tamil Nadu. India had approved the sale of six more P-8I aircraft as part of its third batch last year but it has been canceled now to promote DRDO’s developed long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) Maritime aircraft suite.

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