Friday, January 05, 2018

Boeing to set up P-8I anti-sub aircraft training unit in TN

New Delhi: Boeing will set up a training facility for its P-8I warfare aircraft at the naval air station INS Rajali, near Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu.

The 60,000-sq ft facility for P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft will be commissioned by March 2021. The India training facility will be the second for Boeing globally, the first one being in Australia.

In addition, as part of the contract, a dedicated Maintenance Simulator would also be commissioned at the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT). The P-8I Training Solution, along with 10-year comprehensive maintenance service, will be brought from Boeing for ?1,949.32 crore.

The order was cleared by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday.

“Towards training of the P8I pilots, observers, ordnance and technical personnel, a contract has been signed with Boeing, USA for procurement of training simulator for P8I aircraft, along with construction of a 60,000-sq ft civil facility (training, support and data handling centre) and an on-site comprehensive annual maintenance contract for a period of 10 years,” said a statement issued by the Indian Navy.
After completion of the 10-year period, the training facility will be run by the Navy, sources told BusinessLine.
05/01/18 Nayanima Basu/Business Line