Boeing has signed cooperation agreements with two companies in preparation for a potential P-8A Poseidon aircraft order from Germany.
The aerospace company partnered with German firms ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and Lufthansa Technik to explore potential areas of collaboration.
The companies may sign definitive collaborative agreements if Germany decides to purchase the P-8A Poseidon as its next maritime surveillance aircraft.
Boeing Germany, Central & Eastern Europe, Benelux & Nordics president Dr Michael Haidinger said: “Together with ESG and Lufthansa Technik, we will offer indigenous and cost-effective support, training and maintenance solutions that will bring the highest operational availability to the German Navy to fulfil their missions.
“Our partnership with ESG and Lufthansa Technik is another testimony to who we are and how we operate in Germany. We are shaping meaningful and long-term industry partnerships that impact the local economy.”
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, aircraft and engine sustainment, component support services, predictive maintenance analysis and logistics services among others.
Boeing will now work with ESG and Lufthansa Technik to explore the opportunities in detail.
The P-8 is a multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft and can participate in anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, and search and rescue missions.
It has two variants- P-8I and the P-8A Poseidon. The latter is used by the US Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, and the British Royal Air Force.
According to Boeing, the addition of P-8A to the inventory will enable Germany to leverage full integration and interoperability with Nato nations in the region and meet its collective defence obligations.
Earlier this year, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of six P-8I Patrol aircraft to India.