US Navy receives 18th Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft

15 October 2014 (Last Updated October 15th, 2014 18:30)

The US Navy has received its 18th P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Boeing, the fifth delivery this year.

P-8A aircraft

The US Navy has received its 18th P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Boeing, the fifth delivery this year.

The latest aircraft will join other Poseidon deployed in training navy crew members, and will help the navy set up a successive squadron.

Boeing Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement vice-president and programme manager Rick Heerdt said: "We're proud to continue to deliver aircraft on cost and on schedule.

"The navy's need for the P-8A resonates even more following Patrol Squadron 5's recent operational deployment."

The navy plans to use the P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of turbo-prop P-3 Orion aircraft.

The Boeing-led team includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Spirit AeroSystems and GE Aviation.

"The navy's need for the P-8A resonates even more following Patrol Squadron 5's recent operational deployment."

A derivative of Boeing's next-generation 737-800 commercial aircraft, the P-8A can be deployed for long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

In August, Boeing signed an initial $296m contract with the US Navy for the procurement of required components for the production of 12 more full-rate production (FRP) lot 2 P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft.

Running through to April 2018, the contract initiates the funding for a second batch of FRP jets, including eight for the US Navy and four for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

The VP-16 War Eagles squadron, which completed 600 sorties and 3,500 flight hours, was replaced earlier this year with the VP-5 'Mad Foxes'.


Image: The US Navy's 18th Poseidon aircraft departing Boeing's field in Seattle, US. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.

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