- India has bought 12 advanced sub-hunting planes to beef up its anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
- India is looking to boost its military in response to a growing Chinese presence in the region, particularly under the waters of the Indian Ocean.
- New Delhi is seeking out billions of dollars in foreign military hardware, including subs, ships, planes, and armored vehicles.
India’s navy is considering adding to its fleet of P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, as the country shifts its military posture toward its southern approaches out of concern about Chinese naval activity.
India’s Naval Chief Adm. Sunil Lanba told India Strategic magazine that aerial-surveillance capability was an important part of navy operations, and the country’s Defense Ministry has said the P-8I is able to provide “a punitive response and maintaining a watch over India’s immediate and extended areas of interest.”
New Dehli made its first purchase of the aircraft in 2009, not long after the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, during which attackers arrived by boat. India bought eight P-8I aircraft at the time, deploying them in 2013. It followed that with a purchase of four more in 2016, buying them at the 2009 price.