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India’s P-8I fleet of multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft will feature Special Mission pontoon-like Pod that can be used for moving target indicators that can scan both water and land areas simultaneously in addition to its onboard search radar.

Americans have developed such pod based AESA radar system for their fleet but have put restrictions on its export to its current operators as it has some kind of secrecy around the technology that they want to protect, has been told that the initial discussion between DRDO and Indian Navy has been ongoing and presently things are being worked out about the configuration and other specifications.

India also has made plans to arm the P-8I fleet with next-generation Anti-ship missiles like Naval Anti-Ship Missile–Medium Range (NASM–MR) which is an indigenous air-launched anti-ship cruise missile developed for the Indian Navy.

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