Washington , Jul 30: US aviation giant Boeing rolled out the world's most advanced multi-mission maritime patrol 'P-8A Poseidon' and said that India would be its first buyer country.
India has ordered eight P-8A's, the first of which Boeing will deliver within 48 months and the rest seven aircraft would be delivered by 2015.
The Indian RFP (request for proposal) which is awaiting a formal nod from the Cabinet Committee on Security calls for delivery of eight aircraft over a four-year period.
Boeing officials said the mission system of Indian aircraft have been made to address the unique requirements tailored by the Indian Navy. "In fact, the Indian variant of the world's newest aircraft leverages a great deal of the work done on the American aircraft," the officials said.
Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defence Systems said, "The P-8A Poseidon will equip the US Navy with the most advanced multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft in the world."