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Boeing has won more than $10 bn worth of Indian defence contracts since 2009

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi  June 20, 2017 Last Updated at 01:31 IST

The Indian Navy’s P-8I long-range maritime — reputedly the world’s most fearsome submarine hunters — have proved themselves in joint patrols with the US Navy in the Indian Ocean, tracking Chinese submarines. Last July, a pleased signed a billion-dollar contract with for four more P-8Is to augment the eight aircraft it already flies. Delivery will begin in 2020.


But, with Chinese submarine activity growing in the Indian Ocean, the navy wants more P-8Is on station today. Last Monday, the navy signed a $100-million contract, requiring to maintain spare parts and personnel in India, ready to respond to any defects or failures in the P-8I fleet over the next three years.


The so-called “performance-based logistics” contract requires to continue the warranty services it has so far provided under an initial production contract, which will expire in October.


“This contract will substantially bolster Boeing’s performance-based support to the and should maintain or increase the operational capability of the eight-aircraft fleet,” said on Monday.


Since the P-8I is based on a commercial 737-800/900 airliner, material support will also be sourced from the Commercial Aviation Services’ Fleet Services division. This is yet another lucrative triumph for Boeing, which has won more than $10 billion worth of Indian defence contracts since 2009. 


Besides $3 billion worth of P-8Is, won a $4.5-billion contract for 10 C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, and will soon start delivery of $3 billion contracts to supply 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters.


Pratyush Kumar, president of India and vice president of International. “With this contract, the can be assured of achieving exceptional operational capability and readiness of the P-8I fleet.”


Despite the navy’s growing reliance on the P-8I fleet, which has replaced ageing Soviet-era maritime like the Tupolev-142 and Ilyushin-38, the navy’s P-8Is remain handicapped by New Delhi’s reluctance to sign a cooperation pact called the “Communications and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement” (CISMOA). 


India’s refusal prevents Washington from providing “CISMOA-controlled” equipment, which would allow Indian and US submarines and P-8 aircraft to operate together smoothly.


To keep track of hostile submarines in the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, naval pilots fly their P-8Is on eight-to-ten hour surveillance missions over these waters. To strike enemy warships and submarines, the P-8I carries seven tonnes of weaponry on board, including advanced Harpoon missiles and heavyweight torpedoes.

Boeing signs $100 mn contract to keep navy’s P-8I aircraft flying

Boeing has won more than $10 bn worth of Indian defence contracts since 2009

Boeing has won more than $10 bn worth of Indian defence contracts since 2009

The Indian Navy’s P-8I long-range maritime — reputedly the world’s most fearsome submarine hunters — have proved themselves in joint patrols with the US Navy in the Indian Ocean, tracking Chinese submarines. Last July, a pleased signed a billion-dollar contract with for four more P-8Is to augment the eight aircraft it already flies. Delivery will begin in 2020.


But, with Chinese submarine activity growing in the Indian Ocean, the navy wants more P-8Is on station today. Last Monday, the navy signed a $100-million contract, requiring to maintain spare parts and personnel in India, ready to respond to any defects or failures in the P-8I fleet over the next three years.


The so-called “performance-based logistics” contract requires to continue the warranty services it has so far provided under an initial production contract, which will expire in October.


“This contract will substantially bolster Boeing’s performance-based support to the and should maintain or increase the operational capability of the eight-aircraft fleet,” said on Monday.


Since the P-8I is based on a commercial 737-800/900 airliner, material support will also be sourced from the Commercial Aviation Services’ Fleet Services division. This is yet another lucrative triumph for Boeing, which has won more than $10 billion worth of Indian defence contracts since 2009. 


Besides $3 billion worth of P-8Is, won a $4.5-billion contract for 10 C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, and will soon start delivery of $3 billion contracts to supply 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters.


Pratyush Kumar, president of India and vice president of International. “With this contract, the can be assured of achieving exceptional operational capability and readiness of the P-8I fleet.”


Despite the navy’s growing reliance on the P-8I fleet, which has replaced ageing Soviet-era maritime like the Tupolev-142 and Ilyushin-38, the navy’s P-8Is remain handicapped by New Delhi’s reluctance to sign a cooperation pact called the “Communications and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement” (CISMOA). 


India’s refusal prevents Washington from providing “CISMOA-controlled” equipment, which would allow Indian and US submarines and P-8 aircraft to operate together smoothly.


To keep track of hostile submarines in the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, naval pilots fly their P-8Is on eight-to-ten hour surveillance missions over these waters. To strike enemy warships and submarines, the P-8I carries seven tonnes of weaponry on board, including advanced Harpoon missiles and heavyweight torpedoes.

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