Monday, December 27, 2010
Boeing P-8I for Indian Navy
Boeing produced a video animation of the Boeing P-8I Poseidon Multimission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) depicting it in use by the Indian Navy to detect and destroy submarine and surface ships. The P8 is a modified 737 passenger aircraft for anti-submarine warfare, shipping interdiction and electronic intelligence (ELINT). India has agreed to buy 8 P-8I aircraft. Operators of the successful Lockheed P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft (which was also based on an airliner) are also considering the P-8, including Australia. The Indian Navy Information Warfare squadron currently fly locally made Do-228 aircraft using the same Israeli radar as Australia's P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. So there is some potential for cooperation between India and Australia with the new aircraft.