- Talks between the Navy and Boeing for 4 extra P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft are at an advanced stage with the Cost Negotiating Committee having recently completed the negotiations.
- The file would soon be sent to the Defence Ministry’s finance wing.
- From the finance wing, the file will go to the Finance Ministry before being put up for final approval before the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by the Prime Minister.
- In 2009, India signed a contract for 8 P-8Is in a deal worth $ 2.2 billion from Boeing under a direct commercial deal with an optional clause for 4 more.
- Seven aircraft have already been inducted and are based in Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu.
- The last aircraft is expected to be delivered by October.