Ministry of Defence has approved the procurement of
P-8I Training Solution and Low Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System
(LICEWS), at a total cost of Rs 2419.32 crore.
These contract proposals were approved by Raksha
Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, says a release.
The P-8I Training Solution, along with
10-year comprehensive maintenance service, will be brought from M/s Boeing for
Rs 1949.32 crore. This training solution accurately simulates P-8I aircraft and
mission systems. It will help Indian Navy train and realistically rehearse for
sophisticated missions involving P-8I aircraft, at a fraction of the cost of
live aircraft training.
The first P-8I aircraft was inducted in
Indian Navy in 2013 and as of date, eight aircraft, based at INS Rajali, have
been fully integrated into Indian Naval operations. In 2016, the MoD placed a
follow-on order for four additional P-8I, the delivery of which will begin in
The P-8I aircraft is equipped for long
range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance in support of broad area, maritime and littoral operations.
Its communication and sensor suite includes indigenous equipment developed by
defence PSUs and private manufacturers. The aircraft is capable of thrusting a
punitive response and maintaining a watch over India's immediate and extended
areas of interest.
The second proposal cleared
was for procurement of LICEWS from M/s Bharat Electronics Limited for Rs 470
crore. This system will equip Indian Army with upgraded communications
infrastructure to effectively deal with advanced communications systems being
used by terrorist groups.