Boeing has finalised a contract with the US Navy to supply five P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the German Navy.

The contract award follows the signing of a letter of offer and acceptance with the German Ministry of Defense in June this year.

The aircraft are being procured via the US foreign military sales (FMS) route.

By 2024, the P-8A Poseidon will replace Germany’s fleet of P-3C Orion aircraft and bolster its maritime surveillance capabilities.

The P-8A Poseidon is designed to address a range of maritime challenges including anti-submarine warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The aircraft can also be used for search-and-rescue operations.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security Germany vice-president Michael Hostetter said: “We’re pleased to have finalised this sale to Germany and to expand our footprint in-country by bringing the P-8A and its unique multi-mission capabilities to the German Navy.

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“The P-8 will ensure the German Navy’s ability to perform long-range maritime surveillance missions and will play a pivotal role in the region by leveraging existing infrastructure in Europe and full interoperability with Nato’s most advanced assets.”

Germany is the eighth country to procure the P-8A aircraft, following the US, Australia, India, the UK, Norway, Korea and New Zealand.

Aircraft Philipp, Aljo Aluminium-Bau Jonuscheit and Nord-Micro are the German companies that currently supply parts for the P-8A.

In June, Boeing entered collaborations with ESG Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH and Lufthansa Technik in preparation for the potential order.

The three companies have already identified an array of areas for collaboration, including training and simulation, cybersecurity, systems integration, electronic attack and electronic protect systems, and logistics services, among others.

Boeing Germany, Central & Eastern Europe, Benelux and Nordics president Michael Haidinger said: “With strategic agreements and industry partnerships already in place, we stand ready to deliver a robust sustainment package for the German Navy’s P-8A fleet.

“Together with the German Navy, the Federal Ministry of Defense and local industry, we will ensure maximum operational availability that will allow the German Navy to meet the full range of its maritime challenges.”