US State Department approves potential sale of P-8 surveillance planes to India

P-8 aircraft would help expand maritime surveillance capabilities


Reuters May 01, 2021
A US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft takes part in the Malta International Airshow at SmartCity Malta outside Kalkara, Malta, September 23, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON:

The US State Department has approved the potential sale of six Boeing-made (BA.N) P-8I patrol aircraft and related equipment to India for an estimated cost of $2.42 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday.

India's potential purchase of P-8 aircraft would help expand its maritime surveillance capabilities.

The package would include tactical radio, missile warning sensors, GPS systems, support equipment, spares and technical support, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale on Friday.

Despite approval by the State Department, the notification does not indicate that a contract has been signed or that negotiations have concluded.

The Pentagon said Boeing was the prime contractor for the weapons.

India's first purchase of P-8I aircraft was in 2009.

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SHAW S | 1 week ago | Reply

Great so now is good opportunity to fleece and steal dollars from Hindu-stan and sell them outdated military hardware at double the price .... nice Good Job USA Keep grabbing every dollar them Hindu-stan has

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