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India to buy additional P8Is Aircrafts

India is set to go ahead with procurement of 10 Boeing P8I maritime patrol aircraft worth USD 3.10 Billion from US through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route with 30% offsets. 12 P8I aircraft that have already been ordered - eight aircraft were ordered under a USD 2.10 Billion deal in 2009 and a follow on order for four was placed in 2016. Navy is keen to build up a fleet of 22 of these aircraft at the earliest and the contract will ensure a continuous supply over the next four years as older maritime reconnaissance assets (Russian origin) retire.

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