Boeing delivers P-8 Poseidon

Nov. 6, 2012 at 7:38 AM

SEATTLE, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The fifth of 24 low-rate production P-8A Poseidon aircraft has been delivered by Boeing to the U.S. Navy.

The P-8A, based on the 737-800 commercial aircraft, is for anti-submarine warfare and shipping interdiction missions and for electronic intelligence.

"This is our final P-8A delivery of the year; we'll ramp up to 12 deliveries, including P-8I aircraft for India, in 2013," said Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager.

"Our in-line production approach, which draws on processes developed on the company's commercial and military programs, has been key to our ability to increase production rates while reducing costs."

The P-8 will replace the Navy's P-3 maritime surveillance aircraft. The first production P-8s are being flown at the U.S. Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. A fleet of 117 P-8s is planned by the Navy.

Boeing said that under low-rate production contracts it is also providing aircrew and maintenance training for the Navy, as well as logistics support, spares, support equipment and tools.

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