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FEBRUARY-2013 ISSUE
Force Magazine

 
IAF Will Benefit from Chinook’s Multi-Mission Heavy Lift Capabilities and its Evolving Platform, Both Of Which Make It Relevant In The Future

Vice President, International Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Dennis D. Swanson

Vice President, International Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Dennis D. SwansonWhat platforms are you planning to highlight this year at Aero India 2013?
Boeing will showcase a broad range of aerospace capabilities at Aero India 2013. We will feature commercial and defence products and services of interest to India, including large-scale models, interactive displays, a P-8 mobile console, and a Maritime Surveillance Aircraft console. Commercial and defence capabilities to be highlighted using product models will include: 787 Dreamliner; 777; 747-8 passenger and freighter series; 737; C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter; P-8I maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft; AH-64D Apache attack helicopter; CH-47F Chinook multi-mission heavy-lift transport helicopter; V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft; and AH-6i light attack and reconnaissance helicopter.
Visitors will see full-scale models of the ScanEagle and Integrator unmanned aircraft vehicles as well. During the show, visitors will also see the C-17 Globemaster III military transport at the show.

The Indian Navy received the on-site delivery of the first P-8I maritime patrol aircraft. Has the training of the air crew, mission systems and maintenance personnel begun?
Boeing made an on-site delivery of the first P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy (IN) in Seattle on December 19, in accordance with the contract. India will receive this aircraft and two more of its eight contracted P-8Is in 2013. The programme is progressing on schedule as Boeing assembles the fourth and fifth P-8Is, which are designed for long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare. Boeing began training of IN pilots, mission system operators and maintenance technicians in Seattle in January 2013.

Give us a brief detail of the weapons and the mission systems testing on the P-8I.
The first P-8I aircraft completed its initial flight on 28 September 2011, taking off from Renton Field near Seattle. The second P-8I aircraft completed its first flight on 12 July 2012, and the third completed its first flight on 29 November 2012. Final assembly work on the fourth and fifth P-8I aircraft continues in Seattle.
Last July, Boeing initiated the P-8I official flight test programme, which is now nearly complete. Boeing test pilots have put the P-8I through its paces over a US Navy test range west of Neah Bay, Washington. Boeing teams initially tested the P-8I's mission system, which includes sensors and communication systems.
The team then transitioned to 'stores' tests during which the P-8I carried inert weapon shapes under its wings to demonstrate that the aircraft is capable of carrying all the weapons the IN will use during regular missions. The stores the P-8I carry have the identical shape and size of real weapons, including the Harpoon anti-ship missile, depth bombs and torpedoes.
 
 
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