Boeing Hands India First Poseidon Variant; Chris Chadwick Comments

BoeingLogoBoeing delivered the first of eight maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to India under a contract signed in 2009.

The P-8I arrived at India Naval Air Station Rajali Wednesday, Boeing said.

India’s P-8I is based on the 737 commercial aircraft and a variant of the P-8A Poseidon the company is building for the U.S. Navy.

The company has won one contract worth up to $1.9 billion for 11 Poseidons and the other potentially worth $1.7 billion, covering seven planes.

Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing’s military aircraft segment, said the P-81 is designed to meet India’s maritime patrol needs.

He added the next two planes are scheduled for delivery later this year.

Boeing says the P-8I contains subsystems built in India.

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