The second Boeing P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy has completed its initial flight this month. On the 12th July the aircraft departed from Renton Field at 3:29 p.m. and landed two hours and 14 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle.
The P-8I, a derivative of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 commercial aircraft, is the second of eight long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft Boeing is building for India.
“The program is on plan and the Indian Navy is excited for the P-8I to join its fleet,” said Leland Wight, P-8I program manager for Boeing.
During the flight, Boeing test pilots performed airborne systems checks and took the P-8I to a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet prior to landing. Boeing will begin mission systems installation and checkout work on the aircraft in the coming weeks.
With the P-8, Boeing has changed the way military aircraft are planned, designed and built. P-8 aircraft for the U.S. Navy and India are built using a first-in-industry in-line production process in Renton, Washington, that takes advantage of the proven efficiencies, manufacturing processes and performance of the highly reliable Next-Generation 737. Using established best practices and common commercial production tools enables Boeing to reduce flow time and cost while ensuring quality.