India’s purchase of U.S. P-8I initial results to be anti-submarine aircraft by the end of test
India’s version of the P-8I maritime anti-submarine patrol aircraft, computer renderings
People Beijing February 12, according to the U.S. Defense News website on February 11 article said that Boeing announced during the air show in India , and the Indian Navy’s P-8I project has achieved initial results. Leland Wright in charge of the project manager, said Boeing had completed the 2010 anti-submarine patrol aircraft P-8I final design, put into operation in December, plans to conduct test flights later this year.
India Boeing P-8 series aircraft, the first international buyers. The Indian Navy, “tailor-made” anti-submarine patrol aircraft P-8I, the integration of Indian and equipment for long range maritime patrol and reconnaissance.
P-8I anti-submarine patrol aircraft to the Boeing 737-800 platform, is a U.S. Navy P-8A “Poseidon,” anti-submarine patrol aircraft variants. It is reported, P-8I cruising speed of 815 kilometers per hour, altitudes up to 12,000 meters, also beyond the range used propeller engine P-3C “Orion” anti-submarine aircraft. Weapons configuration, P-8I five built-in hanging points and six weapons hardpoints can be mounted anti-submarine torpedoes, bombs and mines and other weapons, and launched “Harpoon” anti-ship missiles against enemy surface ships.
Leland expressed the hope that other countries are also considering the future purchase of this series of aircraft. Boeing is expected, P-8 series of anti-submarine aircraft market in the 100 or so.
the procurement contract with the Indian Navy a total of eight aircraft, including four additional platforms to choose from. The first aircraft delivered in 2013. Leland also confirmed that the deal does not include “enhanced response Standoff Land Attack Missile” (SLAM-ER) system, but Boeing has a cruise on the export licensing system in India, so this will be India’s future choice. Instead, P-8I will carry four anti-submarine aircraft, “Harpoon” anti-ship missiles.
According to the International Online quoted the British had “Flight International” Web site reported that the U.S. Department of Defense under the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the U.S. Congress, India has already made a U.S. $ 200 million in military procurement intentions, plans to buy 21 “Harpoon” missiles and bounce 2 5 training bombs, equipped with its order for US-made P-8I “Poseidon,” anti-submarine patrol aircraft. Reported that the Indian Navy’s P-8I anti-submarine aircraft and equipment of these missiles, its ability to attack at sea is expected to substantially increase. (Li Yang Yang, Yi Nan, high)