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P-8 progresses to low rate production approved

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 16, 2010
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The US Navy has approved the start of low rate production of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

The approval came after a review by the Defense Acquisition Board. “The airplane is performing very well in testing which should result in an on-time and on-budget delivery to the war fighters,” program manager Capt Mike Moran said in a release.

The Poseidon is expected to enter service with the US Navy in 2013, replacing that service’s P-3C Orions. The P-8 is also a likely partial replacement for the RAAF’s AP-3Cs, while the aircraft has also been sold to India.

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