India-US has signed a $1 billion defence deal to purchase Poseidon-8I (P8I). The Poseidon-8I (P8I) aircraft, developed by Boeing, is a long-range (39.47m-long) anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The Indian Navy is the first international customer for the P-8I.
This is an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. It is capable of broad area, maritime and littoral operations and equipped with the sophisticated Harpoon missiles, lightweight torpedoes and rockets.
The new aircraft will replace eight Russian Tupelov Tu-142M Bear anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. The P-8I fleet of Indian Navy is based at naval air station Rajali in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu. This will keep watch over the Indian Ocean. This will provide the Indian Navy to strengthen its naval surveillance capabilities.