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‘The CH-47 Chinook is an Ideal Choice for India Given its Unsurpassed Ability to Deliver Heavy Payloads to High Altitudes’
-Vice president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, India, Dennis Swanson    


Vice president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, India, Dennis Swanson 
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What is the update on the P-8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft programme to the Indian Navy? What are the technologies that you are bringing in to the Indian market with this programme? Do you have any Indian partners in this?

The P-8I programme is progressing very well. The first flight of the P-8I for India that took place in September 2011 was attended by Indian Navy officials and Boeing. The programme is on schedule for a 2013 delivery. Boeing is completing final assembly of the P-8I in Renton, Washington, taking advantage of the proven efficiencies, manufacturing processes and performance of the existing Next-Generation 737 production system. Boeing was selected to provide eight P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to the Indian Navy in January 2009. India is the first international customer for the P-8 and Boeing believes there are numerous other opportunities for international sales to countries currently operating P-3s or similar maritime patrol aircraft.

The P-8 is the latest military derivative aircraft to benefit from a culture of technical innovation and the One Boeing approach to manufacturing. The P-8A is
a derivative of the highly successful and reliable Next-Generation 737. The P-8A has the fuselage of a 737-800 and the wings of a 737-900. Modifications to the baseline commercial aircraft are incorporated into the aircraft in-line. In the past, commercial aircraft were sent to modification centres where they were taken apart and rebuilt to meet military specifications. The P-8A is Boeing's first military derivative aircraft to incorporate structural modifications to the aircraft as it moves through the commercial line.

The P-8I is being developed by a Boeing-led team that consists of CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, GE Aviation and Spirit AeroSystems. We are proud that a series of Indian suppliers such as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Avantel, Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL), Dynamatic Technologies and Tata Advanced Materials Limited (TAML) are contributing to components that will be integrated on P-8 and P-8I.
 
  • CFM International supplies the CFM56-7 engine that powers the P-8A. the directional infrared
  • Northrop Grumman provides the directional infrared countermeasures system and the electronic support measures
    system.
  • Raytheon provides the upgraded AN/APY-10 maritime surveillance radar and signals intelligence solutions. s.
  • GE Aviation supplies flight-management and stores-management systems.
  • Spirit AeroSystems builds the 737 aircraft's fuselage and airframe tail sections and struts.
  • HAL builds P-8I weapon bay doors, Identification Friend or Foe Transponder (IFFT) and tailcones.
  • BEL builds Data Link and Identification Friend or Foe Interrogator (IFFI) for the P-8I
  • Avantel delivers the Mobile Satellite Systems for the P-8I.
  • ECIL builds Speech Secrecy Systems for the P-8I.
  • Dynamatic Technologies (DTL) provides P-8I Power Equipment Cabinets and Mission Equipment Cabinets. TAML is a
     sub tier supplier to DTL and provides composite materials.

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