India’s Navy will deploy a P-8I maritime patrol plane to Darwin from 11-15 April to conduct coordinated workout routines with a Royal Australian Air Drive P-8A Poseidon plane. That is the primary time an Indian Navy P-8I plane has deployed to Australia outdoors of a routine navy train and displays the energy of the India-Australia defence and safety partnership. Australian Defence relationship with India is at a historic peak, with actions between us quadrupling since 2014. We’re doing extra collectively to reinforce maritime data sharing and maritime area consciousness and this exercise takes our sensible cooperation to the subsequent stage.

Performing Chief of Air Drive, Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Meredith, mentioned,”This exercise was a landmark alternative for India and Australia to practise coordinated maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and construct interoperability. Coordinated actions like these are key to enhancing Australia’s maritime capabilities and constructing maritime area consciousness. This exercise displays the deepening belief between India and Australia’s defence forces and our enduring dedication to work collectively on widespread safety pursuits.”


Indian Navy officer Captain Atul Sapahia disembarks from a P-8I Neptune maritime patrol plane at RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory.(Photograph by CPL Rodrigo Villablanca/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)

The Boeing P-8 Poseidon (previously Multimission Maritime Plane) is an American maritime patrol plane developed and produced by Boeing Protection, House & Safety, modified from the 737-800ERX. It was developed for the US Navy (USN). The P-8 operates within the anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and transport interdiction roles. It’s armed with torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and different weapons, can drop and monitor sonobuoys, and may function together with different property, together with the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance unmanned aerial automobile (UAV).

The P-8 is operated by the US Navy, the Indian Navy (IN), the Royal Australian Air Drive (RAAF), and the UK’s Royal Air Drive (RAF). It has additionally been ordered by the Royal Norwegian Air Drive (RNoAF), the Royal New Zealand Air Drive (RNZAF), the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), and the German Navy. On 4 January 2009, India’s Ministry of Defence signed a US$2.1 billion settlement with Boeing for eight P-8Is to switch the Indian Navy’s getting old Tupolev Tu-142M maritime surveillance turboprops. In August 2014, the USN concluded a complicated acquisition contract on the primary 4 of as much as 12 P-8As to be purchased by Australia, with supply anticipated from 2017.[95] In January 2016, Australia ordered an extra 4 P-8s.

Indian Navy Deploys Boeing P-8I Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Australia
An Indian Navy P-8I Neptune maritime patrol plane lands at RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory. (Photograph by CPL Rodrigo Villablanca/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)