India buys six maritime patrol bombers for billions of US dollars

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Indian Navy will be armed with six new Marine Boeing P-8I Patrols worth $ 2.42 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of the US Department of Defense announced this possible purchase.

According to the circulated announcement, the deal also includes joint tactical radio systems, sensors for warning of a raid attack, built-in GPS systems, and inertial navigation systems. Engines, tactical software, electro-optical and infrared devices, speakers, and radar warning systems are also part of India’s package.

The P-8I Patrol is also known as a reconnaissance aircraft, and older veterans in the United States call it a patrol bomber. Its missions are mainly related to conducting submarine and anti-ship wars and at long distances.

The P-8I Patrol’s standard equipment includes torpedoes, anti-ship missiles, and in some cases, the United States uses it to launch a Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton coast and open ocean surveillance drone. However, it is not clear whether the Indians have the necessary weapons or will be the subject of another deal.

India takes the protection of its maritime territorial waters seriously

New Delhi has been investing heavily in recent months in the defense and protection of its coasts and maritime territory within the country’s borders.

On April 19, New Delhi received the first domestically produced marine patrol helicopter Dhruv Mk III (ALH), in the middle of last month. A total of 32 helicopters of the same model expect to enter the Indian Navy in the coming years.

Dhruv Mk III (ALH) is designed to inspect and guard and perform various combat missions, including various rescue operations. These helicopters have two engines and weigh approximately 5.5 tons. The Dhruv Mk III (ALH) primary purpose is to replace the existing Chetak light helicopters of the Indian Navy, which HAI produced back in 1969.

According to the manufacturer, the other helicopters that need to be put into operation are in production or flight tests. There is no change in the delivery schedule, and India expects to receive them by the end of this year.

India will soon have fighters for its aircraft carrier

The most significant breakthrough last year was made by Boeing, which managed to produce a model of the F-18 Super Hornet, capable of taking off from a short track in the form of a ski jump hill.

This breakthrough seriously jeopardizes the market position of the Russian MiGs in the country of the “sacred cow,” as until 2020, only they were famous for the functionality of their MiG-29K for “short takeoff.”

New Delhi expects to start thinking seriously about which of the two fighters to choose as its aircraft carrier in the coming months. If the Americans breakthrough Russian market dominance, it will return to new American weapons technology – something that was difficult to imagine until a year ago.

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