With China demonstrating its blue water ambition, the Indian Navy is all set to acquire its first US‐made long‐range surveillance aircraft, which can be used to keep an eye on the Chinese movements. The first of the aircraft, known as P8I Poseidon, is expected to land in India around May 15, said a navy official. The US‐origin aircraft will be based in INS Rajali, a naval base on the Tamil Nadu coast. With a range of 8600 km and an endurance of 10 hours, P8I Poseidon can fly non‐stop up to Australia much beyond India’s neighbouring maritime zones and augment Navy’s surveillance capability by leaps and bounds.
Source: Deccan Herald