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Navy chief to commission new P-8I squadron in Goa tomorrow

Mar 28, 2022 07:39 PM IST

India inked a $1-billion deal with the US in 2016 for the four Boeing P-8Is that will form the second squadron. The contract was a follow-on order to eight P-81 planes bought by India in an earlier deal worth $2.1 billion. The P-8I is a military derivative of Boeing’s 737-800 commercial aircraft.

Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar will commission India’s second P-8l aircraft squadron at INS Hansa in Goa on Tuesday, a boost for the navy’s anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities, officials familiar with the development said.

The Goa-based, Indian Naval Air Squadron 316, will operate four P-8I planes. INAS 316 has been christened ‘The Condors’, after the vulture. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
The Goa-based, Indian Naval Air Squadron 316, will operate four P-8I planes. INAS 316 has been christened ‘The Condors’, after the vulture. (HT FILE PHOTO.)

The navy’s first P-8I squadron, consisting of eight aircraft, is based at INS Rajali in Arakkonam. The Goa-based, Indian Naval Air Squadron 316, will operate four P-8I planes. These aircraft will further strengthen the navy’s capabilities to deter, detect and destroy any threat in the Indian Ocean Region, the officials said.

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INAS 316 has been christened ‘The Condors’, after the vulture.

India inked a $1-billion deal with the US in 2016 for the four Boeing P-8Is that will form the second squadron. The contract was a follow-on order to eight P-81 planes bought by India in an earlier deal worth $2.1 billion. The P-8I is a military derivative of Boeing’s 737-800 commercial aircraft.

The planes were bought as a replacement for the Soviet-era Tu-142 fleet and are expected to be in naval service beyond 2050.

The P-8I is the Indian Navy variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing developed for the US Navy.

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