LG tours territory on Indian Navy’s P8-I

Port Blair
17 Mar 2017

The Lt Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, embarked onboard Indian Navy's modern state of the art Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft, P8 I, for an aerial sortie on Thursday. The sortie was aimed at introducing the capabilities and performance of force multiplier, which would enable the nation's Armed Forces to dominate the future battle space. The Lt. Governor was impressed with the capability of the aircraft and appreciated Indian Navy's role in safeguarding the nation's vast maritime boundary.
The P8 I aircraft squadron operates from INS Rajali near Chennai. The P-8 I 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. With its high speed and high endurance, the aircraft is capable of thrusting a punitive response and maintaining a watch over India's immediate and extended areas of interest.
The P8 I aircraft has been operating from INS Utkrosh for over a year. The aircraft is deployed at Port Blair every month for undertaking surveillance missions in the Area of Responsibility of the Andaman Nicobar Command. The aircraft, in addition, also undertakes regular surveillance sorties of Andaman Nicobar Islands from INS Rajali.  The aircraft is capable of carrying Torpedoes, Depth Charges and Harpoon anti- ship missiles. The aircraft is also capable of operating sonobuoys to detect and track submarines, said Lt. Colonel SP Singh, Officiating PRO of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.