P-8I Patrol Aircraft US State Department

04 May 2021 Current Affairs:The proposed sale of six P-8I patrol aircraft and associated equipment to India, valued at $2.42 billion, has been approved by the US State Department.

♦ The Defence Acquisition Council authorised the purchase of Boeing’s long-range maritime surveillance aircraft in November 2019. 
♦ The proposed sale would be made via the Foreign Military Sale route, which would entail notification of the US Congress.
♦ The six aircraft will be equipped with encrypted systems after India and the US signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) foundational agreement.
♦ India was the first foreign customer for the P-8I, which is based on the Boeing 737 commercial aircraft.

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