Headline: Four more sub hunters bought


Photo: The P-81 . . . the Indian Navy will now have 12 of them.

New Delhi: India has inked a deal with the US defence and aerospace giant Boeing to procure four more P-8I submarine hunter planes worth $1 billion.

The Navy has already purchased eight P-8Is for $2.1 billion and deployed some of these in Andaman and Nicobar islands near the busy shipping route passing through the Malacca Straits.

The P-8I, classified as a long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, is based on the body of Boeing’s 737-800 commercial aircraft. It is the Navy variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing has developed for the US Navy. It has a range of 4,500 nautical miles.

The Navy’s anti-submarine and surface warfare capabilities will be augmented once the planes join the fleet.