GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Boeing has contracted GE Aviation to support the development of P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft for the Indian navy.
India awarded Boeing a contract to develop a variant of the P-8A Poseidon, an anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft currently under development for the U.S. Navy. The resulting P-8I aircraft is being designed to support India's security initiatives along its coastlines.
Boeing contracted GE Aviation to provide its systems and structure technologies for eight P-8Is expected to be delivered to the Indian navy.
Under the deal, officials say GE Aviation will integrate its "stores management system and flight management system, fuselage and the wing pylon structures for the P-8I," the release said.