Boeing delivers U.S. Navy 7th P-8A Poseidon
Boeing delivers 7th production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to US Navy.
Boeing handed over the seventh production P-8A Poseidon to the U.S. Navy on schedule March 29, marking the first delivery from the second low-rate initial production contract awarded in November 2011. In this photo, the maritime patrol aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla
U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon – Mission:
The P-8A Poseidon is being designed to replace the P-3C Orion as a long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations.
U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon – Description:
The P-8A Poseidon is designed to secure the Navy’s future in long-range maritime patrol capability, while transforming how the Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will man, train, operate and deploy. The P-8A will provide more combat capability from a smaller force and less infrastructure while focusing on worldwide responsiveness and interoperability with traditional manned forces and evolving unmanned sensors.
P-8A Poseidon will leverage the experience and technology of the P-3C’s capabilities and assets to meet the Navy’s needs of developing and fielding a maritime aircraft equipped with significant growth potential, including an extended global reach, greater payload capacity, higher operating altitude, and the open systems architecture.
Source: U.S. Navy / Boeing News – 1 April 2013
Photo: The U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon. (Photo by Boeing)