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Parrikar dedicates Boeing P-8 I to India
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar dedicated the Boeing P-8 I aircraft to the Indian Navy. The aircraft will be used for patrolling the nation’s maritime borders and anti-submarine warfare
India purchased the P-8 I long range Boeing aircraft and modified it as per the Indian Navy’s needs. The aircraft that will augment the Navy’s maritime security capabilities was bought from America at the cost of Rs. 1,500 crore.
The P-8 I aircraft is equipped for long range anti submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and maritime operations. Its communication and sensor suite includes indigenous equipment developed by defence PSUs and private manufacturers. With its high speed and high endurance of about 10 hours, the aircraft is capable of thrusting a punitive response and maintaining a watch over India’s immediate and extended areas of interest.
The aircraft was handed over at a function held at the Arakkonam Naval air station, INS Rajali in Vellore. The function was presided over by the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral RK Dhowan. A commemorative postage stamp was released by the TN postmaster General Charles Lobo. Top features Parrikar said the aircraft dedicated to the Eastern Naval Command is one of the best for surveillance in the world today. During his flight, Parrikar was given an exposure to various sensors and other sophisticated state-of-the-art equipment and their capabilities. He said the aircraft will provide the Indian Navy the necessary reach and flexibility to undertake extensive surveillance as also to respond swiftly and effectively to contingencies in our areas of interest.
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