21st Century Replacement For The Workhorse P-3
The Boeing Company and the U.S. Navy formally unveiled the
service's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the
P-8A Poseidon, during a ceremony at the Boeing facility in Renton,
WA July 30th.
A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the P-8A is a
long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare,
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of
broad-area, maritime and littoral operations.
"The P-8A Poseidon will equip the U.S. Navy with the most
advanced multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft
in the world," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing
Integrated Defense Systems. "The Poseidon is also the latest in a
decades-long Boeing tradition of working closely with the Navy and
other customers to deliver a wide range of platforms that meet
their most critical mission requirements, including
commercial-derivative military planes, fighters, rotorcraft, and
attack, electronic warfare and unmanned aircraft."
As the replacement for the Navy's P-3C Orion aircraft, the P-8A
will provide greater payload capacity, significant growth
potential, unprecedented flexibility and interoperability, and
advanced mission systems, software and communications.
"The P-8A program is an outstanding example of evolutionary
acquisition at work," said Capt. Mike Moran, U.S. Navy Maritime
Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft program manager. "The team has
worked hard to stay on schedule and within cost in this development
effort, and we all should be extremely proud of the results."
The P-8A is built by a Boeing-led industry team that includes
CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems
and GE Aviation. The team currently is assembling and testing the
first five P-8As as part of the program's System Development and
Demonstration contract, awarded in 2004.
The integrated Navy/Boeing team will begin formal flight testing
of the P-8A later this year. The Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As,
and initial operational capability is planned for 2013.