Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of Indian Military, General Bipin Rawat on Monday said that he came to know about the capabilities of Indian Navy’s P-8I aircraft after they were deployed in Doklam for surveillance during the 73-day-long stand-off with China in 2017 reports Economic Times India.
The P-8I acted as an ISR platform, assisting Indian military with advanced intelligence and surveillance data on Chinese military and ground threats. The Indian military gathered intelligence about Chinese military movements beyond Doklam border.
The P-8I aircraft is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft that Boeing developed as a replacement for the US Navy’s ageing P-3 fleet. Indian Navy became the first international customer for the P-8 aircraft with the conclusion of the nearly US $ 2.1 billion contract on Jan 1, 2009, for eight aircraft.
The P-8I aircraft is equipped for long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of the broad area, maritime and littoral operations. Its communication and sensor suite includes indigenous equipment developed by defence PSUs and private manufacturers.
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