Raksha Mantri Clears 2420 Crore Worth Contracts for Navy, Army
(Source: Indian Ministry of Defence; issued Jan 04, 2018)
Ministry of Defence has approved the procurement of P-8I Training Solution and Low Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System (LICEWS), at a total cost of Rs 2419.32 crore. These contract proposals were approved by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman.

The P-8I Training Solution, along with 10-year comprehensive maintenance service, will be brought from M/s Boeing for Rs 1949.32 crore. This training solution accurately simulates P-8I aircraft and mission systems. It will help Indian Navy train and realistically rehearse for sophisticated missions involving P-8I aircraft, at a fraction of the cost of live aircraft training.

The first P-8I aircraft was inducted in Indian Navy in 2013 and as of date, eight aircraft, based at INS Rajali, have been fully integrated into Indian Naval operations. In 2016, the MoD placed a follow-on order for four additional P-8I, the delivery of which will begin in 2020.

The P-8I aircraft is equipped for long range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of broad area, maritime and littoral operations. Its communication and sensor suite includes indigenous equipment developed by defence PSUs and private manufacturers. The aircraft is capable of thrusting a punitive response and maintaining a watch over India's immediate and extended areas of interest.

The second proposal cleared was for procurement of LICEWS from M/s Bharat Electronics Limited for Rs 470 crore. This system will equip Indian Army with upgraded communications infrastructure to effectively deal with advanced communications systems being used by terrorist groups.

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Procurement of Training Solution for P-8I Aircraft
(Source: Indian Ministry of Defence; issued Jan 05, 2018)
P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti-Submarine Warfare (LRMRASW) aircraft were inducted into the Indian Navy commencing 2013. Towards training of the P8I pilots, observers, ordnance and technical personnel, a contract has been signed with M/s Boeing, USA for procurement of Training Simulator for P8I aircraft, along with construction of a 60,000 sq ft civil facility (Training, Support and Data Handling Centre) and an on-site Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract for a period of 10 years.

The complete training facility would be commissioned at INS Rajali, Arakkonam by Mar 2021. In addition, as part of the contract, a dedicated Maintenance Simulator would also be commissioned at Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT), Kochi for ab-inito training of the technical personnel.

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