Germany has agreed to purchase five Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft to bolster its maritime surveillance capabilities.
The German Ministry of Defense signed a letter of offer and acceptance to procure the aeroplanes under the US Government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process.
Reuters reported that the deal is valued at around $1.31bn (€1.1bn), citing a defence ministry statement.
The acquisition will make Germany the eighth customer of Boeing P-8 aircraft after the US, Australia, India, the UK, Norway, Korea and New Zealand.
Boeing Defense, Space & Security vice-president in Germany Michael Hostetter said: “Boeing is honoured to provide Germany with the world’s most capable maritime surveillance aircraft.
“We will continue to work with the US Government, the German Government, and industry to establish a robust sustainment package that will ensure the German Navy’s P-8A fleet is mission ready.”
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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.
In Germany, the aircraft is expected to replace the ageing Lockheed P-3C Orion fleet.
The scope of collaboration will include systems integration, training, support, and sustainment work.
Other German companies, such as Aljo Aluminum-Bau Jonischeit and Nord-Micro, supply P-8A components.
Boeing Germany, Central & Eastern Europe, Benelux and the Nordics president Dr Michael Haidinger said: “Bringing this capability to Germany is not possible without the contributions of German industry.
“With the P-8A, we will expand our collaboration with German companies, create new jobs and contribute to long-term local economic growth.”