Before you came to know about p-8i Neptune aircraft of Indian Navy. A year ago, you must heard the news that An Indian Navy officer and a solo sailor, Abhilash Tomy was seriously injured while attempting to complete the famous ocean Golden Globe Race. As a fellow officer needed help, Indian Navy quickly deployed nearest assets to locate and rescue Abhilash Tomy an Indian Navy officer, stranded somewhere about 3,200km from the Australian coast.
Among the assets pushed to the rescue effort was Indian Navy’s most potent aircraft in her inventory. The Boeing P-8I “Neptune”. Indian Navy’s eye in the sky. The P-8I was the first aircraft to make visual contact of Abhilash tomy. Let us dive deep into the secrets of this bird p-8i Neptune surveillance Aircraft of Indian Navy , which is also dubbed as the “Submarine-Killer” for the Chinese subs prowling the Indian Ocean.
Some most important facts and specification about P-8i Neptune surveillance aircraft of Indian Navy
1.The P-8I aircraft is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft that Boeing developed as a replacement for the US Navy’s ageing P-3 fleet. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar the Boeing P8I (Poseidon Eight India) Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft to the nation at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, a naval air station. India’s long-range maritime snooping and anti-submarine warfare capabilities have received a huge boost with these Poseidon-8Is.
2. Armed with deadly Harpoon Block-II missiles, MK-54 lightweight torpedoes, rockets and depth charges, these sensor and radar-packed aircraft are the country’s “intelligent hawk eyes” over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) that is increasingly getting militarized.
3. The P-8I aircraft has achieved a number of operational milestones which includes participation in the search effort for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370, the first successful firing of air launched Harpoon Block II missile in the world, torpedo firing and active participation in major naval exercises
4. P-8i Neptune communication and sensor suite includes indigenous equipment developed by defence PSUs and private manufacturers. Equipped with foreign and indigenous sensors for maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine operations and electronic intelligence missions, the aircraft is fully integrated with state-of-the-art sensors and highly potent anti-surface and anti-submarine weapons.
5. With a maximum speed of 907 kmph and an operating range of over 1,200 nautical miles, “with four hours on station”, the P-8I Neptune will be able to detect “threats” — and neutralize them if required — far before they come anywhere near Indian shores
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6. The P-8I aircraft is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft that Boeing developed as a replacement for the US Navy’s ageing P-3 fleet
7.Indian Navy became the first international customer for the P-8i aircraft with the conclusion of the nearly US $ 2.1 billion contract on 01 Jan 2009 for a total of eight aircraft. The first aircraft arrived in India on the 15 May 2013 and as of date; all eight aircraft have been inducted into the Indian Navy and are fully integrated into its operations.
8.The P-8i Neptune aircraft are based at INS Rajali, and are operated by Indian Naval Air Squadron 312A under the command of Commander Venkateshwaran Ranganathan.