P-8A passes ini­tial op­er­a­tional test and eval­u­a­tion

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Af­ter an ex­ten­sive test­ing pe­riod, the US Navy an­nounced July 1 in an ini­tial op­er­a­tional test and eval­u­a­tion re­port that its new patrol and re­con­nais­sance air­craft, P-8A Po­sei­don, was found “op­er­a­tionally ef­fec­tive, op­er­a­tionally suit­able, and ready for fleet in­tro­duc­tion.”

“This mile­stone and ac­com­plish­ment is pos­si­ble due to the great team of in­di­vid­u­als who worked dili­gently and metic­u­lously in mak­ing this air­craft the best choice to re­place the Navy’s cur­rent work­horse, the P-3C Orion,” said Cap­tain Scott Dil­lon, Mar­itime Patrol and Re­con­nais­sance Air­craft Pro­gram Of­fice (PMA-290) Man­ager. “It is a great day for the Navy and the fleet. We are proud to add the P-8 to the Navy’s weapons in­ven­tory and the de­ploy­ment cy­cle later this year.”

“On June 24, com­plet­ing just one prac­tice run at the Point Mugu Sea Test Range, a P-8A Po­sei­don from Pax River achieved a pro­gramme mile­stone af­ter six min­utes of flight time,” Dil­lon said. “The P-8A suc­cess­fully launched a Har­poon AGM-84D Block IC mis­sile on the first hot run scor­ing a di­rect hit run on a low-cost mod­u­lar tar­get. This flight test, along with past tests, demon­strates the P-8’s op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness and over­all mis­sion ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

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