India has signed a billion-dollar deal with Boeing to buy four P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
A defence ministry source told AFP:
“The deal has been signed. The delivery dates are being worked out. The navy will likely deploy them in the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal to counter Chinese influence in the seas.”
The Indian Navy inducted its first P-8I on 15 May 2013. The second and third P-8Is were received on the 16th and 22nd of November 2013 respectively.
The aircraft are based at INS Rajali, in Tamil Nadu. In 2014, several Indian Navy P-8Is conducted search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The fourth, fifth and sixth aircraft was delivered in May, September and November 2014 respectively.
The seventh and eight aircraft were delivered in February and November 2015 respectively. The Indian Navy inducted the first squadron in November 2015.
On the 28th of July this year, it was confirmed that India had ordered a further tranche of four P-8Is. These will be delivered by 2020 and will operate Boeing AGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles and Raytheon Mk-54 All-Up-Round Lightweight Torpedoes.