Boe­ing de­liv­ered all P-8As to US Navy

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

This is an­other first for the At­las! On Jan­uary 12, 2015, one of the air force’s A400M be­gan its first main­te­nance visit at the Ate­lier In­dus­triel de l’Aéro­nau­tique (avi­a­tion work­shop, AIA) at Cler­mont-Fer­rand.

This op­er­a­tion is cov­ered by a main­te­nance con­tract that in­cludes vis­its by a dozen air­craft un­til the end of 2017. For the next 18 months, AIA will ben­e­fit from the sup­port of the man­u­fac­turer, Air­bus, on its premises, be­fore it at­tains full au­ton­omy on the air­craft.

The At­las op­er­a­tion at AIA Cler­mon­tFer­rand is a strong chal­lenge for the fa­cil­ity. This new trans­port air­craft opens up new prospects, such as the re­pair of com­pos­ite com­po­nents which con­sti­tute more than 30 per cent of the weight of the air­craft, or the re­place­ment of pa­per doc­u­men­ta­tion by

Boe­ing last month de­liv­ered the eighth P-8A Po­sei­don, com­plet­ing all planned de­liv­er­ies to the US Navy for the year on time and on cost. That air­plane, the 21st over­all for the pro­gramme, flew from Seat­tle to Naval Air Sta­tion Jack­sonville in Florida on Jan­uary 8. It joined other P-8As be­ing used to train Navy crews.

“Our US Navy and P-8 in­dus­try team con­tin­ues to meet mile­stone af­ter mile­stone on this world-class pro­gramme,” said Jimmy Dodd, Boe­ing Mo­bil­ity, Sur­veil­lance and En­gage­ment Vice Pres­i­dent and Pro­gram Manager. “We’re de­liv­er­ing an air­craft that is pro­vid­ing su­pe­rior ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the men and women in uni­form.”

The ‘Mad Foxes’ of Pa­trol Squadron (VP) 5 are con­duct­ing op­er­a­tional mis­sions dur­ing the sec­ond over­seas de­ploy­ment of a P-8A Po­sei­don squadron. Last sum­mer the VP-16 ‘War Ea­gles’ com­pleted 600 sor­ties and 3,500 flight hours on the P-8A’s maiden de­ploy­ment.

The Navy plans to pur­chase the ver­sa­tile multi-mission air­craft to re­place its P-3 Orion fleet. Boe­ing is cur­rently un­der con­tract for 53 P-8As. Boe­ing’s in­dus­try team in­cludes CFM In­ter­na­tional, Northrop Grum­man, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSys­tems, BAE Sys­tems and GE Avi­a­tion.

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