Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Work On First Boeing P-8I For Indian Navy Begins

[Excerpts from a Boeing press release]: WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 7, 2010 -- The Boeing P-8I team began fabricating the first part for the Indian navy's first long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft on Dec. 6 in Wichita. The P-8I, based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy.

Employees at Spirit AeroSystems -- where all Boeing Next-Generation 737 fuselages, nacelles and pylons are designed and built -- cut the P-8I's first part, a bonded aluminum panel that later will be installed on the fuselage's upper lobe to support an antenna. The panel and other fuselage components will come together on Spirit's existing Next-Generation 737 production line.

Spirit will ship the P-8I fuselage to a Boeing Commercial Airplanes facility in Renton, Wash., in mid-2011 for final assembly. After that, Boeing Defense, Space & Security employees will install mission systems and complete testing prior to delivery to India.

Boeing will deliver the first of eight P-8I aircraft to India within 48 months of the original contract signing, which took place in January 2009. India is the first international customer for the P-8


indian defence forum said...

The P8I for india is a heavily watered down version of the P8A which is for america....just remember what norman polmar said........ i quote him..... "Keep in mind that in the P-8I aircraft, India is getting an ASW platform from the US, not comprehensive and advanced ASW systems such as sonar, or magnetic anomaly detectors," said Polmar.

Oh my GOd just imagine..... without magnetic anomaly detectors the capabilities of the P8I will be equal to that of an DHL cargo plane

Deshdaaz said...

@ indian defence forum,

That may be a good thing. Sort of blessings in disguise. Lesser we depend on Uncle Sam for electronics, more tech jobs in India! Remember, a billion mouths to feed !

Rituraj said...

@indian defence forum : I think India can get it fitted with Russian, Isreali and Indian equipment ant it will be equally good!

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure its coming with the magnetic anomaly detector and the additional radar. It won't have the communication equipment b/c India hasn't signed CISMOA. Why would India order another 4 if it was so watered down?

Gautam said...

Sign the bloody CISMOA already. What's the point in going for American systems if they're going to be watered down.

It would have been better had the Navy not been hasty and chosen the Airbus A319 MPA instead. Or at least waited so we could buy off the British Nimrod MR4s at bargain price.

ArkAngel said...

I think as soon as those who believe this is one big conspiracy by Uncle Sam to take over our sovereignty, come out from under the bed & see sense, we'll come around to signing the CISMOA.