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|Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 12:45 am Post subject: Boeing to showcase maritime patrol plane to Indian Navy
|Boeing to showcase maritime patrol plane to Indian Navy
Bangalore, Feb 7 (IANS) US aerospace major Boeing will 'very shortly' showcase the capabilities of its maritime patrol aircraft, now under development, to the Indian Navy that is currently evaluating the platform, the company said Wednesday.
'The P8I is a next generation maritime surveillance aircraft and will be able to meet the requirements of the Indian Navy for the next 50 years,' Tim Norgart of Boeing Integrated Defence Systems that is developing the aircraft, told reporters during the ongoing Aero India show here.
'We are in discussions with the Indian Navy and will be finalising the dates for field evaluation trials in the very near future,' added Norgart, a former US Navy aviator who is director of business development for Boeing IDS's Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare & Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance Systems division.
The P8I, a customized version for the Indian Navy, is based on the hugely successful Boeing-737 commercial airliner. The navy had in November 2006 expressed an interest in the aircraft as a replacement for its existing fleet of Il-38 aircraft that are nearing the end of their service life.
Personally i would prefer these aircrafts over any other reconnaissance aircraft
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