The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a $2.4 billion
production contract for the next 19 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The
contract includes 10 aircraft to add to the current inventory of
P-8As in the U.S. Navy fleet, all five jets currently under
contract for Norway and the four aircraft remaining for the
existing United Kingdom contract, bringing the total United
Kingdom acquisition to nine aircraft.

The United Kingdom will receive their
first aircraft in 2019 and Norway will begin receiving aircraft in
2021.


Boeing P-8A Poseidon. Click to enlarge.

The P-8 is a long-range multi-mission maritime patrol
aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations.
A military derivative of the Boeing Commercial Next-Generation 737
airplane, the P-8 combines superior performance and reliability
with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum
interoperability in the battle space.

The P-8 is militarized
with maritime weapons and a modern open mission system
architecture. The aircraft has
been modified to include a bomb bay and pylons for weapons – two
weapons stations on each wing – and can carry 129 sonobuoys. The
aircraft is also fitted with an in-flight refueling system.

With
more than 180,000 flight hours to date, P-8 variants, the P-8A
Poseidon and the P-8I, patrol the globe performing anti-submarine
and anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance; humanitarian; and search and rescue missions.

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