Navy orders more P-8A Poseidons

Aug. 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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SEATTLE, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has ordered 13 more P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Boeing as it continues modernization of maritime patrol capabilities.

The new order, worth $1.98 billion, brings to 37 the number of P-8A Poseidons the Navy has ordered, 10 of which already have been delivered. The Navy is expected to ultimately purchase more than 100 of the aircraft to replace the service's current fleet of P-3 Orions.

The P-8A is based on Boeing's 737-800 commercial aircraft. It provides the Navy with next-generation anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare capabilities as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

"This new contract award will continue to deliver aircraft to the fleet squadrons scheduled to receive their initial batch of P-8As on cost, schedule and performance parameters in accordance with the approved Acquisition Program Baseline," said Capt. Scott Dillon, the Navy's Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office's program manager.

No details were given on when the newly ordered aircraft will be delivered.

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