Boeing has been awarded an US$1.6 (01 Apr 2021) billion production contract by the U.S. Navy for the next 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
Nine aircraft will join the U.S. Navy fleet and two will
go to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), a cooperative partner in the P-8A joint program since 2009.
The contract brings the
total number of U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft under contract to 128 and the RAAF total to 14.
“The P-8A continues to be an invaluable asset and
these additional aircraft will help deliver expanded maritime patrol and reconnaissance capabilities to the fleet,” said Capt. Eric Gardner, program manager for the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Program Office.
The P-8A is a long-range anti-submarine and
anti-surface warfare aircraft used by the U.S Navy. Vital for intelligence gathering, surveillance reconnaissance and search and rescue, the P-8A is deployed around the world, with 103 aircraft in service and more than 300,000 flight-hours.
“We continue to hear feedback from deployed Navy
squadrons who tell us the P-8A is exceeding expectations”, said Stu Voboril, vice president and program manager for Boeing’s P-8A program. “Our focus is on delivering the world’s best maritime patrol aircraft. That only happens when teams truly collaborate, listen and focus on customer priorities.”
A military derivative of the Boeing 737
Next-Generation airplane, the P-8 is militarized with maritime weapons, a modern open mission system architecture and commercial-like support for affordability. It’s modified to include a bomb bay and pylons for weapons. It has two weapons stations on each wing and can carry 129 sonobuoys. The aircraft is also fitted with an in-flight refueling system.
The P-8 has two variants: the P-8I, flown by the
Indian Navy, and the P-8A Poseidon, flown by the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force.
The RAAF has acquired the Boeing aircraft through the
Foreign Military Sales process and will receive a variant designed and produced for the U.S. Navy called the P-8A Poseidon. . See latest , Travel Industry News Video, Interviews Podcasts and other news regarding: , COVID19 , Boeing , Navy , P-8A , Defense Poseidon
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