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India’s navy said it inducted the first of eight P-8I maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft it had ordered from Boeing Co.

India, the world’s top defense-equipment importer, had ordered the planes in January 2009 for about $2.1 billion. The order is among several defense contracts India signed in recent years as part of the country’s efforts to upgrade its mainly Soviet-vintage weaponry to catch up with neighbors China and Pakistan which are also upgrading their defense equipment.

India ordered 10 C-17 Globemasters, the biggest military-transport plane, from Boeing and purchased the Super Hercules C-130J transport aircraft from Lockheed Martin Corp. It is also buying 145 towed artillery guns from the U.S. unit of U.K.-based BAE Systems PLC.

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