More P-8s or­dered by Australia, UK, USA and New Zealand

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Delfednce News -

Boe­ing has re­ceived a $42.2bn con­tract to pro­duce ad­di­tional P-8A multi-mis­sion mar­itime air­craft for Australia, the United King­dom and the United States. The lat­est deal cov­ers at least 17 P-8 Po­sei­don air­craft un­der Lot 8 full-rate pro­duc­tion, in­clud­ing four for the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force (RAAF), 11 for the US Navy and the first two for the UK’s Royal Air Force. The agree­ment also in­cludes op­tions for 32 ad­di­tional air­craft, as well as funds for long-lead parts for fu­ture or­ders. Af­ter ex­er­cis­ing all op­tions, the to­tal con­tract value will be US$6.8bn.

In ad­di­tion, the US De­fence Se­cu­rity and Co-oper­a­tion Agency (DSCA) have an­nounced ap­proval for the po­ten­tial sale of four P-8A Po­sei­dons to New Zealand, val­ued at US$1.46 bn. New Zealand’s De­fence Ca­pa­bil­ity Plan (DCP) have rec­om­mended re­tire­ment of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s P-3K2 Ori­ons in the mid-2020s. Be­sides the P-8A, the Kawasaki P-1 and the Saab Sword­fish are also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

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