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India signs $1 billion deal with US for procuring four Poseidon-8I aircraft

India signs $1 billion deal with US for procuring four Poseidon-8I aircraft


India has signed a 1 billion dollar deal with US defence and aerospace major Boeing for procuring four long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, Poseidon-8I. The acquisition will be an enhancement of the Indian Navy as the country has been building up its naval surveillance capabilities. The contract is a follow-on order to eight P-81 planes worth 2.1 billion dollars, already bought by India in a direct deal with the firm. 

The contract was inked during the visit of the US Under Secretary for Defence on Acquisition Frank Kendall. The four new P-8I aircraft, with the first to be delivered in 50 months, will join the first eight such aircraft inducted by the Navy from May 2013 to October 2015 under a $2.1 billion deal inked in 2009. Apart from the 12 P-8Is, the major deals inked with the US include ones for 13 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft ($2.1 billion), 10 C-17 Globemaster-III giant strategic airlift aircraft ($4.1 billion) as well as 22 Apache attack and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters ($3.1 billion).

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1. Name the country with which India has signed a 1 billion dollar deal for procuring four Poseidon-8I aircraft?

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