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Defence ministry approves 2,420-cr procurements for Navy, Army from Boeing, BEL

05 January 2018

The defence ministry on Thursday approved the procurement of P-8I Training Solution and Low Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System (LICEWS), at a total cost of Rs2,419.32 crore.

Under the contract proposals approved by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the P-8I Training Solution, along with 10-year comprehensive maintenance service, will be brought from Boeing for Rs1,949.32 crore while the LICEWS will be procured from Bharat Electronics Limited for Rs470 crore.

This training solution, which accurately simulates P-8I aircraft and mission systems, 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 Navy inducted the first P-8I aircraft in 2013 and has so far fully integrated eight aircraft. Based at INS Rajali, these are now fully operational.

In 2016, the defence ministry 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 Bharat Electronics Limited for Rs470 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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