Latest P-8A Poseidon order includes FMS customers
Boeing announced on 30 March that it has received a $1.5 billion contract for a total of 18 new P-8A Poseidon aircraft from the USN.
This includes eight for the USN themselves, but under the FMS process six will be delivered to the ROKN (South Korea) and four to the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
South Korea expects to receive its first aircraft in 2023 whilst New Zealand is expecting initial deliveries in 2022.
The aircraft are designed for performing ASuW, ISR, humanitarian and SAR operations. To date, the P-8A has completed more than 254,000 flight hours.
The aircraft is the military derivative of Boeing’s 737 Next-Generation platform.
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