INAS 316 Commissioned

DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  • The P-8l aircraft of the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 316 was commissioned at the INS Hansa in Goa in the presence of the Chief of the Naval Staff.
  • The Second Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 316 comprises a fleet of P-81 aircraft which will enhance the Indian Navy's surveillance power in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • INAS 316 will operate the aircraft, the sophisticated multi-role long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (LRMR ASW) aircraft.
  • The P-8I aircraft was manufactured by US’s Boeing which is powered by twin jet engines.
  • Previously, in 2013, the Indian Navy had acquired the first batch of eight P-8I aircraft at INS Rajali, Arakkonam.

    Facts to know:

  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral R Hari Kumar.
  • The first international customer for the P-8I aircraft: India.
  • INS Hansa is India's biggest naval air base.
P-8l aircraft of the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 316
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