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The sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft has been delivered to Boeing and the Indian Navy, after completion of maintenance work by Air Works.

Air Works Completes Checks on 6th Indian Navy P-8I

Our Bureau - : Aug 8, 2022 - : 6:55 pm

The sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft has been delivered to Boeing and the Indian Navy, after completion of maintenance work by Air Works.

The aircraft delivered, was the last of six aircraft contracted to Air Works for Phase 32 maintenance checks.

Air Works is India’s largest independent MRO and aviation services and solutions major. The heavy maintenance work on  these aircraft was successfully completed at the Air Works facility at Hosur, located in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

D Anand Bhaskar, Managing Director & CEO, Air Works Group said, “We are grateful to both Boeing and the Indian Navy for their trust in Air Works to deliver on such a unique and mission-critical project for the very first time in the country. Not only has every successful inspection increased our confidence of managing such intricate and specialized projects on behalf of our defense forces, but the fact that we have been able to value add with our ingenuity and decades-long experience to enhance the quality of maintenance of these premium assets, has particularly boosted our motivation and self-assurance.’

“One of the key learning of this project has been that aviation & aerospace OEMs must take a leaf from Boeing’s BIRDS hub initiative and partner with domestic MROs like Air Works, to successfully realize the Government’s Make-in-India program, to scale up local maintenance capabilities and ensure that more and more maintenance assignments – irrespective of their complexity or their nature – civil or defense – are undertaken within the country, for cost effectiveness and to create a strategic depth,” Bhaskar added.

The Indian MRO firm and Boeing had inked a strategic collaboration contract in 2021, in which the former was contracted for MRO of two critical Boeing defence platforms in India – the P-8I operated by the Indian Navy (IN) and the VIP transport fleet (BBJ) operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Three navy P-8Is have already undergone maintenance at Air Works and three more were simultaneously inducted earlier this year.

“Ensuring mission-readiness for our customers and providing them seamless services and support on our platforms is imperative for Boeing. Having completed heavy maintenance checks for six P-8Is for the Indian Navy by our partner Air Works is testimony to our joint and long-standing commitment towards bolstering MRO capabilities in the country,” said Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India.

The P-8I is a long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform.

It was inducted into the Indian Navy in 2013.


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