The U.S. Navy awarded the company Boeing contract for the supply of 11 maritime patrol aircraft P-8A Poseidon for a total of 1.9 billion dollars, reports Flightglobal. The first 13 aircraft Poseidon South American Navy ordered with 2 parties in 2011.
According to the representative Boeing, quoted by the publication, the contract with the Navy became important step on the way to full-scale mass production of aircraft P-8A.
Patrol aircraft P-8 Poseidon is designed based on the Boeing 737 airliner. The aircraft can reach speeds of 907 kilometers per hour and is able to overcome up to 3,700 km. Poseidon is designed to conduct anti-submarine operations and equip radar and sonar buoys. In addition, the aircraft are armed with torpedoes, missiles and mines.
According to Flightglobal MiliCAS, U.S. difficulties in the general plan to arm 122 aircraft P-8A Poseidon. In service with the U.S. Navy will change outdated Poseidon patrol aircraft P-3 Orion from Lockheed Martin. Another 24 aircraft P-8I expects to India. Eight of their Indian Navy has already ordered. In addition, eight Patrol Aircraft P-8 by 2018 expects to Australia.
Earlier it was reported that Boeing will develop the next version of the P-8 Poseidon for export. As expected, the plane become cheaper and more compact.