In a big move, the Indian Navy will purchase more P-8i Advanced Submarine Hunter aircraft from the US by 2020. The information was revealed by Steve Tripp, Senior Manager, P-8 A international Global Marketing and sales of the Boeing company during the Singapore Air Show.
Just last month, Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba expressed the Navy’s desire to procure additional P-8i to increase its power in securing the Indian Ocean. The Indian Navy already operates 8 P-8i Submarine Hunter aircraft.
By 2020, the US will deliver four more P-8i to the Indian Navy which will increase the fleet to 12 aircraft.
In recent years, China has been gradually increasing its presence in the Indian Ocean with its submarine presence, which is a matter of concern for India.
The P-8i is the most advanced Submarine Hunter aircraft and is based on Boeing 737 Platform. It can perform various roles.