A new contract has been announced by Boeing this month. It comes in light of the movement to modernize maritime patrol capabilities by the US Navy, the Australian Air Force, and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force. Boeing is planning on enabling this by way of a $2.2 billion contract for at least 17 new P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
The contract also leaves room for 32 additional aircraft, as well as money for future orders. It is expected the total contract value will reach $6.8 billion. Two keys of a successful program are production stability and pricing, which Boeing and the Navy are hoping to achieve with this contract.
To start out the new additions, the Navy will expand by eleven aircraft, Australia will receive four new P-8A Poseidon aircraft, and the UK Royal Airforce will start with two P-8A jets expected by the beginning of the year 2019. So far, Boeing has delivered fifty-three Poseidon aircraft to the Navy and a total of two to the Royal Australian Airforce.
The P-8A Poseidon has the world’s most advanced anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The Indian Navy has a few variants of this same aircraft in operation. It is called the P-8I. After delivery of four additional aircraft, their fleet will total twelve.
“Jamie Burgess, vice president of Boeing Military Aircraft’s Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement division and P-8 program manager says, The P-8A is a textbook example of Boeing’s commercial derivative expertise. Every day our customers get to fly incredible aircraft that perform exceptionally well and are built by the best of Boeing.”
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