- The Indian Navy has deployed its P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft for anti-piracy sorties from Salalah in Oman to patrol the Gulf of Aden under its Mission Based Deployments(MBD) in the Indian Ocean Region(IOR).
- Mission-Based Deployments(MBD) policy was adopted by the Navy in 2017.The mission-ready ships and aircraft are deployed along critical sea lanes of communications and choke points from Malacca straits to the Persian Gulf.
- These ships are deployed to meet any eventuality across the spectrum of operations ranging from acts of maritime terrorism and piracy to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief(HADR) missions.
- 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.These sensor and radar-packed aircraft are the country’s intelligent hawk eyes over the Indian Ocean Region(IOR) that is increasingly getting militarized.
- Further,as part of expanding engagement maritime engagement,India has also stepped up cooperation with Indian Ocean littoral states and maritime neighbours.
- Under the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy,the Indian Navy undertakes Joint Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) surveillance with Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius and Coordinated Patrols(CORPAT) with Bangladesh, Myanmar,Thailand and Indonesia.
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