Navy receives another P-8A Poseidon

April 3, 2013 at 3:14 PM
Sign up for our Security newsletter

SEATTLE, April 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has received its seventh production P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing.

The aircraft, the first delivery from the second low-rate production contract given the company, is at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., where previously delivered P-8s are being used for crew training.

"This is our second P-8A delivery of 2013 and we'll continue to provide the Navy with new Poseidon aircraft at a rate of nearly one a month," said Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager. "We've got a full factory of P-8As for the U.S. Navy and P-8I aircraft for India, and we're working side-by-side with both customers to introduce the aircraft's advanced capabilities into their fleets."

The P-8A is a militarized version of the 737-800 commercial aircraft and will perform anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Under low-rate production contracts Boeing will build 24 P-8A aircraft. The Navy, however, plans for an eventual fleet of 117 Poseidons.

India has also ordered the long-range aircraft and Australia is looking at procuring them in 2016.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories