The U.S. Navy this week took delivery of their 18th P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Boeing. This aircraft, delivered ahead of schedule, joined other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy air crews.
The P-8A departed the Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florisa. It is the fifth delivery of this type of naval aircraft this year.
“We’re proud to continue to deliver aircraft on cost and on schedule,” said Rick Heerdt, Boeing Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement vice president and program manager.
“The Navy’s need for the P-8A resonates even more following Patrol Squadron 5’s recent operational deployment.”
Earlier this summer, the VP-5 ‘Mad Foxes’ replaced the VP-16 War Eagles squadron that completed 600 sorties and 3,500 flight hours while on deployment operating out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Mad Foxes are currently conducting operational missions internationally.
Based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 airliner, the P-8A provides the Navy anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
The Navy sees the P-8A as a versatile multi-mission aircraft. It will be replacing the current P-3 Orion fleet. Boeing is currently under contract for 53 P-8A aircraft.
Boeing’s industry team includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.