Boe­ing de­liv­ers sev­enth pro­duc­tion P-8A Po­sei­don air­craft to US Navy

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Boe­ing handed over the sev­enth pro­duc­tion P-8A Po­sei­don to the US Navy on sched­ule March 29, mark­ing the first de­liv­ery from the sec­ond low-rate ini­tial pro­duc­tion con­tract awarded in Novem­ber 2011.

The mar­itime patrol air­craft de­parted Boe­ing Field in Seat­tle for Naval Air Sta­tion Jack­sonville, Florida, where it joined six P-8As cur­rently be­ing used to train Navy crews.

“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 US Navy and P-8I air­craft for In­dia, and we’re work­ing side-by­side with both cus­tomers to in­tro­duce the air­craft’s ad­vanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties into their fleets.”

Boe­ing is on con­tract to build and sup­port 24 P-8A air­craft as part of three LRIP con­tracts awarded in 2011 and 2012. The Navy plans to pur­chase 117 P-8As, which are based on the next-gen­er­a­tion Boe­ing 737-800 plat­form. The ver­sa­tile multi-mis­sion air­craft pro­vides broad long-range mar­itime patrol ca­pa­bil­i­ties – anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare, anti-sur­face war­fare, in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance — and will re­place the Navy P-3 fleet.

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