India wants ten more P-8I aircraft for surveillance, reconnaissance and anti-submarine operations in addition to the eight it contracted for in 2009 for the Navy.
Many large orders have taken the FMS route including very recently, the 145 M-777 light howitzers for the Indian Army and also, the C-130 and C-17 aircraft and the Apache and Chinook helicopters.
Not correct when it comes to Apache and Chinook. These came via competitive tender.
But there are also some major differences: the USA is not happy with the purchase of the S-400 air-defence missiles from Russia.
The USA is also keen that the Indian Air Force buys the F-35 fighter aircraft. India is keen to buy about 114 fighters and the French, Russians and Swedes are also bidding for the deal.
Let's see if they are willing to sell the F-35s after the S-400 comes in.
Previously the plans were : 8 P-8Is in use in May 2016, additional 4 ordered in July 2016 to be delivered by 2020, 12 more units planned to be ordered. Now it seems out of that 12 planned, 10 are going to be approved. We might cap our P-8I numbers at a total of 22 or maybe there will be future orders.
Originally we were supposed to operate 28 P-8Is, but that's come down to 22. UAVs and UCAVs may make up for the difference.