U.S. Navy places order for more P-8A aircraft

A U.S. Navy P-8A multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft flies near Mount Rainier in Washington state ©Boeing

The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a US$1.6 billion production contract for the next 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Nine aircraft will join the U.S. Navy fleet and two will go to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), a cooperative partner in the P-8A joint program since 2009. The contract brings the total number of U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft under contract to 128 and the RAAF total to 14.

The P-8A is a long-range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft used by the U.S. Navy. It’s vital for intelligence gathering, surveillance reconnaissance and search and rescue. Deployed around the world, with 103 aircraft in service and more than 300,000 flight-hours, the P-8’s performance and reliability deliver confidence to customers operating in an uncertain world.

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