P-8I Patrol Aircraft – UPSC Prelims

P-8I patrol aircraft:
  • P-8I is a long-range, multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft.
  • US-based manufacturer Boeing developed this aircraft.
  • India is its first international customer.
  • Features: 
    • The aircraft is designed to protect the vast coastline and territorial waters of India.
    • It can also conduct anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (AsuW), intelligence, maritime patrol and surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
  • Significance: 
    • As India has signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) foundational agreement with the US, the aircraft will come fitted with encrypted systems.
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