The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of six P-8I Patrol aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.42 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced Friday.
The Government of India has requested to buy six P-8I Patrol aircraft; eight (8) Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Joint Tactical Radio Systems 5 (MIDS-JTRS 5) 42 AN/AAR-54 Missile Warning Sensors, radars and counter-measures.
The Indian Navy procured eight P-8I aircraft from Boeing in January 2009, via Direct Commercial Sale and contracted for an additional four aircraft in July 2016.
The first P-8I aircraft were delivered to the Indian Navy in 2013, providing interoperability and critical capabilities to coalition maritime operations. This proposed sale of an additional six P-8I aircraft will allow the Indian Navy to expand its maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) capability for the next 30 years.
The prime contractor will be The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the prime contractor.