Indian Navy has deployed its P-8 India(P-8I) long-range maritime surveillance aircraft for anti-piracy sorties from Salalah in Oman to patrol the Gulf of Aden and other piracy prone areas. This is an expansion of its Mission Based Deployments(MBD) in the Indian Ocean Region(IOR) to keep them safe.
- India has been conducting anti-piracy sorties in the Gulf of Aden since 2008.
- P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft has been operated for the second time in the region, first being deployed in January.
- The P-8I is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. It provides long-range Maritime Domain Awareness(MDA).
- In 2012, India had placed orders for 12 P-8I maritime surveillances and anti-submarine warfares from the US for $2.2 billion dollar. It again placed an order for 4 more planes and these are used to carry out extensive surveillance of the IOR and economic zones of the country.
- P-8Is have helped in the detection of Chinese nuclear and conventional submarines operating in the Indian Ocean and waters close to India.
- Till date, Indian Navy has deployed 73 ships on anti-piracy patrols.
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