The P8I surveillance planes of Indian Navy have been carrying out anti-piracy patrol sorties in Salalah in the Gulf of Aden and other piracy prone areas. More in News
Mission-Based Deployments (MBD)
- In an expansion of its Mission Based Deployments (MBD) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the Navy deployed its P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft for anti-piracy sorties from Salalah in Oman to patrol the Gulf of Aden.
- Under the MBD concept, the Navy now maintains a ship at every choke point in the IOR at any point of time.
- As part of expanding engagement maritime engagement, India has stepped up cooperation with Indian Ocean littoral states and maritime neighbours.
- Under the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, the Navy undertakes Joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance with Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius and Coordinated Patrols (CORPAT) with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia.
- Search and rescue and capability-enhancement activities have also emerged as major areas.
- Besides escorting Indian flagged vessels, ships of other countries have also been provided protection, a defence source said.
P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft
- Mission-Based Deployments (MBD) philosophy was adopted by Navy in 2017
- This ensures availability of warships in 7-8 critical areas of the Indian Ocean Region on a nearly continuous basis to provide rapid response to any contingency.
- The reason behind the deployment of warships are:
- The continued prevalence of piracy
- Illegal fishing
- Arms smuggling and other such nefarious activities directly impinge on the maritime security of India in particular and the region at large.
- Natural disasters also ravage the region frequently.
- Increase in the presence of `Extra-Regional Forces’.
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- P-8I is a long-range, multimission maritime patrol aircraft manufactured by Boeing, for the Indian Navy.
- It is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon operated by the US Navy.
- It is armed with deadly Harpoon Block-II missiles, MK-54 lightweight torpedoes, rockets and depth charges