Boeing began final assembly of the Indian navy’s first P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft this month at the company’s Renton factory. The P-8I, based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy.
The start of assembly work follows delivery of the plane’s fuselage from teammate Spirit AeroSystems on May 29. Boeing workers have begun installing systems, wires and other small parts onto the fuselage. The P-8I’s engines and wings will be installed later this summer.