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India approved by US to buy six more P-8I maritime patrol aircraft for $2.42bn
By Garrett Reim1 May 2021

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of six P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India for an estimated cost of $2.42 billion.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency says it delivered the required certification to the US Congress on 30 April.
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As part of the proposed sale, India would also buy a number of subsystems, some seemingly intended for previously ordered examples of the P-8I. The Indian Navy bought eight P-8I aircraft in 2009, and contracted for four more aircraft in 2016.

The systems requested as part of the package include eight multifunctional information distribution system-joint tactical radio systems, 42 AN/AAR-54 missile warning sensors, 14 LN-251 advanced airborne embedded global positioning systems /inertial navigations systems, the P-8I variant of the Tactical Open Mission Software, an electro-optical and infrared MX-20HD camera, an AN/AAQ-2(V)l acoustic system, ARES-1000 commercial variant electronic support measures, an AN/APR-39D radar warning receiver and an AN/ALE-47 counter measures dispensing system.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region,” says the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in an online notice.
The $2.42 billion estimated cost is on the highest end of what Delhi would pay, as Foreign Military Sales approvals account for a range of equipment options which are not ultimately included in the final purchase agreement.
The sale of the additional P-8Is to India is also not certain, as the country’s government may not give final authorisation. However, if the sale did go through, India would have 18 examples of the maritime patrol aircraft and become the 737NG-based jet’s second largest operator behind the US Navy (USN). The USN has 109 examples of its P-8A Poseidon in service, with another 18 on order, according to Cirium fleets data.
The P-8 is designed to conduct long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It has a bomb bay that can drop sonobuoys and torpedoes, as well as hard points on its wings for anti-ship missiles. The Indian navy has also used the aircraft to conduct search and rescue missions, including dropping an survival kit and inflatable life raft from the jet.
India’s position between the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal makes it a strategically important player in tracking the movements of submarines and ships, in particular those of China. The country also sits alongside vital shipping lanes between the Middle East and East Asia.
Though not a treaty ally of the USA, India is a partner of increasing importance due to its population of 1.4 billion people and its fast-growing economy. It is also part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, known popularly as “the Quad”, an informal group of four nations, that includes Australia, Japan and the USA, which periodically hold diplomatic talks.
In addition to the Indian Navy and the USN, the P-8 is operated by the Royal Australian Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force. The Royal New Zealand Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force and South Korean navy have also selected the P-8A as their next maritime patrol aircraft.

In view of growing numbers of Chinese submarines, this had become very much necessary. With half a dozen of this aircraft, we can keep an eye on a very huge area.
 

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He is used to charity.. for him help means donation... Pls understand his situation...don't be harsh...
With a $61 billion aid, you are in no position to lecture anyone about aid. And yes India is not buying everything, there is substantial aid pouring in India for covid pandemic. About time you guys get off your high horse and start accepting facts.
 

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With a $61 billion aid, you are in no position to lecture anyone about aid. And yes India is not buying everything, there is substantial aid pouring in India for covid pandemic. About time you guys get off your high horse and start accepting facts.
You quote the amt between 1946 to 2012... Great... Can you quote for period 2013 to 2020 excluding Covid Aid???
 

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You quote the amt between 1946 to 2012... Great... Can you quote for period 2013 to 2020 excluding Covid Aid???
Firstly why exclude the covid aid, it is still an aid.
Secondly here is something,
Year 2014
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Aid from 2013 to 2019
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Now what?
 

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Firstly why exclude the covid aid, it is still an aid.
Secondly here is something,
Year 2014
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Aid from 2013 to 2019
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Now what?
Now can you also quote net aid taken by India...
That’s too much dude, 61 billion is our annual defence budget.
That number is between 1946 to 2012.... India slowly declining aid... And started providing aid to other countries...
 

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With a $61 billion aid, you are in no position to lecture anyone about aid. And yes India is not buying everything, there is substantial aid pouring in India for covid pandemic. About time you guys get off your high horse and start accepting facts.
What nonsense! $61 billion aid? From whom? Any money not given to Indian govt but funded through private organisations are not aids as there is no real control over what that money will be used for. So, your figures are absolutely bogus and based on fake news.
 

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What nonsense! $61 billion aid? From whom? Any money not given to Indian govt but funded through private organisations are not aids as there is no real control over what that money will be used for. So, your figures are absolutely bogus and based on fake news.
This just the economic aid given to GoI not to some private organization. I have not listed UN aid or DAC aid, nothing from Japan and UK yet. It was expected someone from your side who rode high on "India is a super power" would not like the facts and figure and would call it fake news. My suggestion is to at least read the sources before stating your nonsensical opinions.
 

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With a $61 billion aid, you are in no position to lecture anyone about aid. And yes India is not buying everything, there is substantial aid pouring in India for covid pandemic. About time you guys get off your high horse and start accepting facts.
There is no free aid....and if there is, it is in lieu of what India poured as part of it's vaccine diplomacy before..."free aid"..so favours are being returned unlike few countries who survive on freebies and donations.
 

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There is no free aid....and if there is, it is in lieu of what India poured as part of it's vaccine diplomacy before..."free aid"..so favours are being returned unlike few countries who survive on freebies and donations.
tHeRe iS nO fREe aiD...

If you don't know the subject, stop blabbering about it. No one wants your ignorant rants here.
 

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Firstly why exclude the covid aid, it is still an aid.
Secondly here is something,
Year 2014
View attachment 740362
Aid from 2013 to 2019
View attachment 740363
Now what?
More authentic sources

tHeRe iS nO fREe aiD...

If you don't know the subject, stop blabbering about it. No one wants your ignorant rants here.
If you don't know the answer or falling short of argument...Buzz off rather than proving yourself dumb
 

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target practice for PL15s!

none the less, good job washington for milking the house uncle tom plagued with a pandemic!
 

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If you don't know the answer or falling short of argument...Buzz off rather than proving yourself dumb
The answer is there and that is "India is still taking the aid despite the tall claim she makes".
At least i don't come up with this nonsense that there is no free aid. Don't get your knickers in twist if you can comprehend the simple stats from the authentic sources.
 

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The kind of money could have been used on their oxygen production capacity or their abyssal health care system. When pandemic hits, China lacked ECMO, USA lacked ventilators and India lacks oxygen, oxygen, for god's sake!

Indian goverments haven't been very good at setting priorities for India for 70+ years now. So Indians just have to tought out to accept the result of their "freedom of choice".
 

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