AAR has delivered the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the US Navy following completion of a planned overhaul, age exploration and inspection.
The aviation services company provided the maintenance and overhaul services for the aircraft under a seven-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract received from the navy last year.
The contract includes heavy depot airframe maintenance and year-round field support for the US fleet.
NAVAIR Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Program (PMA-290) programme manager captain Tony Rossi said: “Delivering a mission-ready aircraft means executing a successful maintenance-repair plan. Many thanks to the AAR team for a job well done.
“As expected, there have been no significant aircraft condition findings. The aircraft continues to fly anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare missions, humanitarian and search and rescue missions around the world, and it’s performing well.”
The overhaul was performed at AAR’s Indianapolis facility during the P-8A’s first Age Exploration Plan Depot (AEPD) visit, which is part of a systematic, scheduled maintenance requirement.
AAR P-8A programme manager William Patton said: “Our team is honoured to perform maintenance on the P-8A Poseidon for the US Navy and ensure its operational-readiness for the warfighter.
“With our vast experience in B737s and longstanding working relationship with military programmes, AAR’s P-8A programme has excelled in meeting strict government compliance standards and maintaining the quality of the aircraft.”
The company has previously performed service on the US Navy’s C-40, Clipper, Harrier Jet Sustainment, C-9 Nightingale and H60R fleets.
Manufactured by Boeing, the P-8A aircraft can be deployed in support of long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
In addition, the aircraft can be used humanitarian and search-and-rescue missions. P-8A is also in-service with the Royal Australian Air Force.