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Indian Navy tail IN325, sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.
Indian Navy tail IN325, sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft. Boeing image.

Indian Navy receives sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol and sub hunter aircraft

The Indian Navy’s sixth and newest Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft has arrived INS Rajali better known as Arokkanam naval air station, about 55 km west of Chennai. Tail number IN325 arrived on November 24th on schedule. The final two deliveries of the eight aircraft order are scheduled in 2015.

The P-8I is the Indian Navy’s version of the famed P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol, search and rescue, and anti submarine warfare aircraft, which in turn is based on the world’s most popular narrow-body Boeing 737 Next-Generation twin-jet. Unlike the winglets used by the 737, the P-8A and P-8I use raked wingtips like the 777-300ER and 767-400ER. Major sub-systems of the P-8I from the United States are supplied by CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.

Prior to joining her five sisters on missions, IN325 will commence flight trials and systems testing of the various sub-systems that have been sourced from around the world including India. The P-8I uses an open systems architecture to specifically incorporate these disparate systems.

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A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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