Photographed at the facility early this month by a private aerospace enthusiast, the aircraft has emerged painted in Indian markings and assigned the registration IN320. It is the first of eight IN P-8Is on order. The Boeing fleet will replace the Indian Navy's current Tupolev Tu-142 turboprops.
Derived from the P-8A Poseidon, now in development testing for the US Navy, India's next-generation maritime surveillance aircraft is scheduled to enter operational service sometime early 2013.
The Indian derivative will differ from the USN version primarily through the addition of a belly-mounted radar, which, combined with other sensors, will provide a 360° surveillance capability against airborne targets.
Also on order of the P-8I are 32 Raytheon Mk54 lightweight torpedoes worth $86 million.
The first USN P-8A flew from the Renton Field in July.
India is not only the first, but so far, the only foreign buyer for the 737 derivative.