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Boeing bids to sell P8 aircraft to Navy
After playing hard to get with the Indian Air force, Boeing, the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer, has put up an offer to the Indian Navy.

In the first ever direct military sales offer, the aviation giant has bid to sell eight P8A anti-submarine aircrafts to India.

Boeing has also invited India to jointly manufacture the plane.

Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft or the P8 is a militarised version of the company's commercial jetliner 737. Designed as a maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft, the P8, Boeing says, will dramatically enhance the Indian navy's anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

Boeing says the P8 is crucial for the Indian Navy to effectively defend a coastline that extends more than 7,000 kilometers.

Says Rick Buck, P8 Programme Manager, "It means persistent surveillance and reconnaissance in those waters. You know who's there, you know why there are there, you know what they are doing and you can execute on those if they happen to be hostile targets. This is a significant presence. The reliability of the aircraft means that you can pursue those missions 24/7."

A contract to build more than 100 P8s for the US navy is already in the pipeline for Boeing. A growing strategic Indo-US partnership means that for the first time ever the company has the opportunity to directly sell its technology to a foreign country.

Says Buck, "The aircraft we're developing for the US navy definitely provides us with an advantage in time. We're already under development, we already have flight-test programs established. We'll be able to take advantage of those flight test programs and engineer development to meet the scheduling time frame the Indian navy requires."

Boeing submitted its official bid to build the P8s to the Indian government last month. There are however other contenders in the market including Russia and Boeing's main competitor in the US - Lockheed Martin.

The P8-A is expected to offset the Navy's existing fleet of Ilyushin-38 and Tupolev 142 aircraft.


Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 7:01 AM


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