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Insight: How the P-8 Poseidon has conquered the maritime patrol aircraft market

6th September 2023 - 19:30 GMT | by Sam Hart in London


The US Navy now operates well over a hundred P-8A aircraft. (Photo: USN)

Shephard Defence Insight analyses the success story of the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, a multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft that has captured international interest, detailing its variants, operators and unit cost.


The P-8 Poseidon multi-mission MPA, based on the Boeing 737-800 airliner, entered service as a replacement for the USN's fleet of P-3 Orions and is targeted at other users of ageing P-3 aircraft. 

The first flight for the P-8 was in April 2009, and in August the following year, LRIP was approved. Since full-rate production started in January 2014, more than 100 aircraft have been ordered by eight different militaries.

Additional information

What different variants of the P-8 Poseidon are there?

Development of the P-8 began in 2004, with its maiden flight in April 2009. As of July 2022,

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Sam Hart


Sam Hart

Sam Hart is the Land Analyst for Shephard Media's Defence Insight. Before joining Shephard, Sam …

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