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P-8A Poseidon  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 29 November 2013
Maiden Flight: 25 April 2009
Total Production: 141
Unitary Cost: USD$280 million
Total Cost: USD$33 billion
Also Known As: 737 MMA and Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing*, CFM International, General Electric Aviation, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Spirit AeroSystems   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: P-8
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 29 November 2013
Maiden Flight: 25 April 2009
Total Production: 153
Family Members: P-8I Neptune
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Description: The Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) is a US Navy program intended to provide replacement for the aging P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft fleet. Anti-Submarine Warfare will be the core capability of US Navy's MMAs, with other key capabilities to be added to the MMA airframe such as anti-surface warfare, joint operations with unmanned platforms and sensors, land attack, surveillance, etc. The all-digital MMA will be more capable and will provide higher availability than current P-3s.

Lockheed-Martin team offered an improved version of proven P-3 aircraft powered by 4 PW150A turboprop engines. Boeing team offered a modified B737 airliner powered by two CFM56-7B27A engines (F108 military designation). Boeing team solution was selected for the MMA program in June 2004. According to current figures, only 108 of the more capable MMA aircraft will be needed to replace several hundreds of P-3 aircraft. On June 14, 2004, the US Navy awarded Boeing a $3.89 billion system development and demonstration contract as the prime contractor for the MMA program. The team led by Boeing includes: CFM International (50/50 Snecma/General Electric), Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon, and Smiths Aerospace.

The total estimated value of the MMA program stands now at approximately $20 billion including the procurement of 108 737 MMAs. The System development and demonstration phase which includes production of seven test aircraft will run until 2012. The production phase is scheduled to take over a decade. Boeing will provide the B737-800ERX airframe as the basis for the MMA aircraft.

In addition to provide the airframe, Boeing will act as the system integrator. CFM International will provide the CFM56-7B27A engines that will power the 737 MMA while providing the electrical output to support flight deck and mission system operations. Northrop-Grumman will provide the electro-optical/infrared sensor, the directional infrared countermeasures system, and the electronic support measures system. Raytheon will provide an upgraded APS-137 maritime surveillance radar system and signals intelligence (SIGINT) solutions. The new system is an upgraded APS-137D(V)5 maritime surveillance radar priced at approx. $30 million/unit. Finally, Smiths Aerospace will provide the flight management system and the stores management system. The flight management system provides an open architecture along with a growth path for upgrades. The stores management system permits to accommodate current and future weaponry.

On September 30, 2004, the Boeing MMA proposal passed the critical design review following three days of intensive system requirements review by the US Navy. The critical design review is deemed to be a critical milestone needed to get the US Navy's green light for the system development. The Boeing-led team completed the three-month high-speed wind tunnel testing on March 18, 2005. The testing program logged more than 1,300 hours of simulated flight. In addition, Boeing also released that the US Navy was given P-8A designation to the MMA aircraft.

On June 2, 2005, Boeing changed the P-8A original wingtip design from a blended winglet to a commercial backswept wing tip. The entry into service date of the first P-8A aircraft was also delayed one year from 2012 to 2013. In April 2006 Boeing unveiled a new Long-range Maritime Patrol Aircraft based on its P-8A/737 design to meet the requirements of the Indian Navy. India needs call for eight reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft by 2010. In early 2010 the program's scope was increased from 113 to 122 aircraft. The P-8A program achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on November 28, 2013. As of December 2013, the program's scope was decreased from 117 to 109 aircraft.

P-8A Poseidon Applications

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P-8A Poseidon Specifications

Number of Engines: 2
Max Takeoff Thrust: 54,600 pound (24,767 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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P-8A Poseidon News

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Thursday, February 28, 2019US Navy, New Zealand and South Korea Order 16 Lot 11 P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Friday, January 25, 2019US Navy Orders 19 Lot 10 P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Thursday, September 13, 2018FMS: South Korea Seeks Sale of Six P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Wednesday, June 13, 2018US Navy Developing Extended Range Mark 48 Torpedo
Monday, March 5, 2018US Navy Orders 19 Lot 10 P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Thursday, December 21, 2017US Navy and Royal Navy Order 10 Lot 9 P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Friday, April 28, 2017FMS: New Zealand Wants Four P-8A Poseidon Maritime Aircraft
Thursday, March 30, 2017US Navy Places Order for 17 Lot 8 Full-Rate Production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Wednesday, March 29, 2017Norway Orders Five P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Wednesday, December 21, 2016FMS: Norway Requests Sale of Five P-8A Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America109
Apr 201753
Dec 201421
Dec 201313

Grand Total 1416
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