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Indian Navy P-8I First Pic

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I think that one, maybe two months ago the firsts pics of the brazilian P-3 were released...

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You have to admit military paint schemes for large birds are never very inspiring. I think the last good ones were the SEA B-52s in the early 70s.

 

I wonder if the P-8 is actually supposed to fly as low as the P-3 or if it's only going to be flying low for a Boeing.

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Doubt it, RAF Nimrods could be found down that low regularly however they were of much beefier construction than a 737. Can't imagine a modern tube liner would handle the stresses of prolonged and regular low altitude flight very well.

 

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I've heard it's been strengthened, not least because of being able to drop the sonobouys and having the weapons bays, but I doubt that P-8s will get as many decades as a P-3 in that regime. Not without major, regular SLEPs. However, it's also possible by the time the P-8s need it everyone will just use marine UAVs anyway.

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Navy's first P-8I- IN321 landing at Arakkonam Naval Air Station joing INAS 312"ALbatross" - the same squadron that operates the Tu-142M.

 

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Is "ARK" the base tailcode then?

 

Yes, "ARK" stands for Arakkonam Naval Air Station. The Tu-142s too have the same tail code.

The IL-38SDs & Do-228s based at Dabolim Naval Station have "DAB" tail codes.

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How old are those 38s now? Are the P-8s to replace them, the 142s, or some of both?

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How old are those 38s now? Are the P-8s to replace them, the 142s, or some of both?

 

The IL-38s are more than 35 years old now. They were commissioned by the Navy in 1977/78.

The P-8 is flying with INAS 312 "Albatross" - meant to supplement/replace the Tu-142s of the squadron. Don't knows what will be the fate of the Bears once all the P-8Is arrive.

The 38s, which were upgraded with the Sea Dragon suite and re-designated as IL-38SD, are flying with INAS 315 "Winged Stallions".

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Pretty amazing that the 35+ yr old birds aren't considered old compared to some of what else is flying.

Those like the B-52, KC-135, Tu-95/142, P-3...literally generations have passed working on the same plane.

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