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P-8: An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solution

The Boeing P-8 is truly a multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft, excelling at anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and search and rescue. The P-8 can fly higher (up to 41,000 ft) and get to the fight faster (490 knots). Shorter transit times reduce the size of the Area of Probability when searching for submarines, surface vessels or search and rescue survivors. P-8 is also designed for low altitude missions and has already proven its abilities supporting humanitarian and search and rescue missions. Globally proven, the P-8 has two variants: The P-8I, flown by the Indian Navy, and the P-8A Poseidon, flown by the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.

A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the P-8 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space. The P-8 is engineered for 25 years/25,000 hours in the harshest maritime flight regimes, including extended operations in icing environments.

P-8 Feature Stories

U.S. Navy receives its 100th 'sub hunter'

U.S. Navy receives its 100th 'sub hunter'

May 18, 2020 in defense

May 14, 2020, the U.S. Navy received its 100th P-8A aircraft from Boeing as the global fleet, which also includes the Indian navy and the Australian and U.K. air forces, approaches 300,000 flight hours of hunting submarines and providing aerial reconnaissance capabilities around the world.

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U.S. Navy awards $1.5 billion order for P-8A aircraft

U.S. Navy awards $1.5 billion order for P-8A aircraft

May 18, 2020 in defense

March 30, 2020, the U.S. Navy awarded Boeing a $1.5 billion production contract for the next 18 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The contract includes eight aircraft for the U.S. Navy, six aircraft for the Republic of Korea Navy and four aircraft for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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Boeing delivers first P-8A Poseidon to United Kingdom's Royal Air Force

Boeing delivers first P-8A Poseidon to United Kingdom's Royal Air Force

November 11, 2019 in Defense

The U.K.s Royal Air Force received the first of nine P-8A Aircraft, slated to respond to “profound challenges” around the United Kingdom.

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First Boeing P-8A Poseidon for United Kingdom takes flight

First Boeing P-8A Poseidon for United Kingdom takes flight

July 23, 2019 in Defense

First of nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft completes assembly and makes its first flight. Next stop: addition of military systems.

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First P-8A Poseidon Arrives in Australia

First P-8A Poseidon Arrives in Australia

November 17, 2016 in Defense

This is the first of eight Australian P-8As under contract with Boeing as part of a cooperative program with the U.S. Navy. Four additional Poseidons have been approved and funded by the Australian government.

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The P-8A: From Fuselage to First Flight

The P-8A: From Fuselage to First Flight

September 30, 2016 in Defense

Like all P-8 aircraft, the P-8A gets its start as a Boeing Commercial 737 and then receives various military systems and sensors before being delivered to the customer.

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P-8A Poseidon at Farnborough International Air Show 2016

P-8A Poseidon at Farnborough International Air Show 2016

July 13, 2016 in Defense, Commercial

Boeing celebrates 100 years with a high-flying agenda and a special pavilion showcasing the company's history and future.

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P-8 Support

Leveraging worldwide logistics, maintenance and training support systems, Boeing provides superior sustainment solutions to support the unparalleled capabilities of the P-8 aircraft.

Designed to provide high levels of fleet availability while reducing life-cycle cost, Boeing’s P-8 support capabilities leverage commercial program solutions – including supply chain, global support, field service, data/tech publications, spares and repairs, modifications and retrofits – to offer tailored, affordable solutions.

By utilizing Boeing’s existing commercial supply chain infrastructure and maintenance, repair and overhaul service relationships, P-8 sustainment solutions offer reduced program costs and availability risks to enable fleet operational readiness. Joint support teams result in improved readiness through rapid issues resolution, reliability improvement and top degrader management.

Boeing’s expertise in derivative aircraft sustainment and commercial fleet management provides customers with greater availability at lower operating costs, and the availability to leverage the integration of Boeing’s commercial and defense aerospace capabilities.

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P-8 Technical Specifications

Propulsion Two CFM56-7 engines providing 27,000 lbf thrust each
Length 129.5 ft (39.47 m)
Wing Span 123.6 ft (37.64 m)
Height 42.1 ft (12.83 m)
Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight 189,200 lbs (85,820 kg)

P-8 Customers

Boeing took its Next-Generation 737-800 and adapted it for the United States Navy and the Indian Navy. The United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force currently fly the P-8A Poseidon variant; the Indian Navy flies the P-8I variant. The United Kingdom and Norway have also selected the P-8A as their future maritime patrol aircraft.

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