Indian government-owned defense company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has delivered its Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Interrogator to Boeing’s facilities in Renton in the US state of Washington, for installation in the P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft being built for the Indian Navy.
The sensor will be used to positively identify friendly aircraft in the area of operation of the P-8I. According to a statement released by Boeing, this system will be installed at the time of final assembly of each of the eight aircraft to be delivered to the Indian Navy.
It quoted Vivek Lall, Vice President, Boeing Defense, Space & Security in India, as saying, “In addition to supplying an essential technology for the Indian navy, Boeing’s partnership with BEL also supports the government of India’s industrial objectives.”
Boeing says that indigenous P-8I deliveries have, so far, included BEL’s Data Link II communications system, Avantel’s mobile satellite system and the Electronic Corporation of India Limited’s speech secrecy system.
Work on the first P-8I aircraft began earlier this month at the facilities of Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita in Kansas.