India’s Navy will deploy a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (P-8I) to Darwin from 11-15 April to conduct coordinated exercises with a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon Aircraft.
This is the first time an Indian P-8I has deployed to Australia outside of a routine military exercise.
Acting Chief of Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Stephen Meredith said this activity was a landmark opportunity for India and Australia to practice coordinated maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and build interoperability.
“Coordinated activities like these are key to enhancing Australia’s maritime capabilities and building maritime domain awareness," said Air Vice Marshal Meredith.
“This activity reflects the deepening trust between India and Australia’s defence forces and our enduring commitment to work together on common security interests."
Defence said in a statement that Australia's defence relationship with India is at a historic peak, with activities between the countries quadrupling since 2014.
"We are doing more together to enhance maritime information sharing and maritime domain awareness and this activity takes our practical cooperation to the next level," Defence said.