Indian Navy Re-Floats Bid For Medium Range Maritime Aircraft

The India Navy has refloated a bid [PDF] to acquire six medium range maritime reconnaisance (MRMR) aircraft from the global aerospace market. First floated in early 2009, this second effort looks to identify and acquire aircraft with an operating range of at least 350 Nm and patrol time of at least 3.5-hours. Ostensibly to augment the mission profiles that will be served by 12 (8+4) new Boeing P-8Is, roles specified for the contending aircraft include maritime patrol, anti-surface warfare (two anti-ship missiles and jammer pod minimum), ELINT/ESM/ECM/COMINT and search and rescue.

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