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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

India plans to conclude a contract for procurement of Six more P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft manufactured by Boeing in 2022. Deal is estimated to cost $2.42 billion and as per industrial sources close to idrw.org. Earlier this year, the U.S. State Department had approved the sale of six P-8I to India, under the FMS program.

The Indian Navy is currently in the process of inducting the four P-8Is contracted under the offset clause in 2016. Two P-8I already have been delivered to India and are operating out of INS Hansa Naval base located in Goa and two more P-8I will be handed over to India by end of this year.

In 2009, India’s Ministry of Defence signed a US$2.1 billion agreement with Boeing for eight P-8Is to replace the Indian Navy’s aging Tupolev Tu-142M maritime surveillance turboprops that now have been retired. India was the first export customer of the new American maritime patrol aircraft and will be the second-largest operator of the P-8I outside the United States Navy that has placed orders for 128 aircraft.

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