21st Century Maritime Security for the Indian Navy

One of Boeing’s most advanced aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon uses a first-in-industry in-line production system that leverages the best of Boeing Commercial and Boeing Defense for development and production.

An aircraft designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions; the P-8 delivers highest levels of quality, reliability, and operability. A true multi-mission aircraft, it is defined by a unique combination of state of the art sensors, proven weapons systems, and a globally recognized platform.

The P8s Indian variant is referred to as P- 8I. The aircraft plays a crucial role of being the eyes of the Indian Navy and carry out critical maritime operations. The aircraft has surpassed close to 25,000 flight-hours and gives India’s maritime warriors a significant edge in the strategically important Indian Ocean region. Of a total of 22 ordered aircrafts, India has received eight, making the Indian Navy’s P-8 fleet the second largest in the world. Another four aircrafts are on-schedule to be delivered in 2020.

The P-8I is not just responsible for coastal patrolling but is also used for other critical missions like search-and-rescue, anti-piracy, and supporting operations of other arms of the military.

Operational Readiness

A ~60,000 sq.ft. Training Support & Data Handling (TSDH) Centre is being setup at INS Rajali, with a secondary center at INS Kochi as part of an agreement between India and Boeing.

The customized training solution for the Indian Navy will offer an integrated learning approach, combining classroom education with simulation. Boeing will also provide all associated courseware to support training activities at the center.

The indigenous, ground-based training system will allow the Indian Navy crew to increase proficiency in a shorter time, while reducing the on-aircraft training time resulting in increased aircraft availability for mission tasking.

General Characteristics

Propulsion: Two CFM56-7 engines providing 27,300 pounds thrust each
Length: 39.47 meters
Wing Span: 37.64 meters
Height: 12.83 meters
Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight: 85,139 kilograms
Speed: 490 knots (789 km/h)
Range: 1,200+ nautical miles, with 4 hours on station (2,222 kilometers)
Ceiling: 12,496 meters
Crew: 9