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Boeing awarded P-8A full-rate contract

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 26, 2014
The US Navy's P-8A Poseidon has entered full rate production. (US Navy)
The US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon has entered full rate production. (US Navy)

The US Navy has awarded Boeing a production contract for 16 P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, the first full-rate production contract for the 737 derivative.

The order takes total US Navy orders to 53 P-8s, 37 of which had previously been ordered in low-rate production batches, and 13 of which have been delivered to date.

“This milestone is a testament to the incredible effort and dedication of the team to deliver the P-8A to the fleet as planned,” Navy P-8A program manager Capt Scott Dillon said in a statement. “The future of the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community has begun to make history with the P-8As already delivered to the fleet. These full-rate production aircraft will give us the opportunity to deliver the best system through a cost-effective procurement contract.”

The P-8A is assembled on a production line alongside commercial 737s at Renton near Seattle. The Australian government last week approved the purchase of eight P-8As and the holding of four options for the RAAF to replace the AP-3C Orion in service from 2017.

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