P-8I Fleet Achieves 10000 Hours of Flying and receives citation
The Indian Naval Air Squadron 312A’s P-8I fleet achieved 10,000 flight hours since its induction in 2015 and also received the Chief of Naval Staff’s unit citation for outstanding operational performance.
The Indian Navy operates eight P-8I aircraft for long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare missions and has ordered four additional P-8I aircraft, for which deliveries will begin in 2020.
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. Indian Navy became the first international customer for the P-8 aircraft. The first aircraft arrived in India on the May 15, 2013. The P-8I aircraft is equipped for long range anti submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of broad area, maritime and littoral operations.