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Indian Navy P8I Poseidon monitors the Gulf of Aden to counter piracy


The Indian Navy is currently monitoring the high seas of the Gulf of Aden (in Salalah), with its P-8I Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft, in order to help the Indian forces to counter the piracy in this area.


Indian Navy P8I Poseidon monitors the Gulf of Aden to counter piracy An Indian P-8I Poseidon with its crew (Picture Source: Indian MoD)


This patrol, that began on June 02, is part of the Navy's mission-based deployments to keep the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) safe and free for the navigation of its civilian ships.

The P-8I Poseidon is a long-range anti-submarine warfare (ISW), anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft used for both maritime and littoral operations. A military derivative of the Boeing Commercial Next-Generation 737 airplane, the P-8 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the battle space.

The P-8 is militarized with maritime weapons, a modern open mission system architecture, and commercial-like support for affordability. The aircraft has been modified to include a bomb bay and pylons for weapons – two weapons stations on each wing – and can carry 129 sonobuoys. The aircraft is also fitted with an in-flight refuelling system. With more than 180,000 flight hours to date, P-8 variants, the P-8A Poseidon and the P-8I, patrol the globe performing anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; humanitarian; and search and rescue missions.

To keep all the crucial choke-points in the IOR under constant surveillance, the Indian MoD placed an order for 12 P-8 India maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare from the US under a $US 2.2 billion deal in 2012. Later, India ordered four more planes to carry out extensive surveillance of the Indian Ocean region and the country's exclusive economic zone.