(LRMR) aircraft in addition to the 12 Boeing P8-I already ordered or
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma told India Strategic in an
interview that the Navy was satisfied with the progress of the first
eight Indian P8-Is being built by Boeing under a 2009 order and that the
second order for four more aircraft was being processed to be placed
within the current fiscal ending March 2012.
The Government had cleared these 12 aircraft already as requested by the
Navy, and at a later date, it was being planned to acquire 12 more
LRMRs for offshore surveillance and protection of the Indian waters and
interests, bringing the total to 24, he said.
The exact type of the 12 additional aircraft would be worked out later.
India has a large coastline exceeding 7500 km and several island territories and economic interests in both its east and west.