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Third P-8A Poseidon lands at Lossiemouth

15th October 2020 - 10:57 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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One-third of the RAF Poseidon fleet is now in place

Boeing has delivered its third P-8A Poseidon MPA for the UK RAF, the company announced on 14 October.

The RAF has nine aircraft (designated Poseidon MRA Mk1) on order; the first arrived in the UK in early February and the second followed in March. All nine are expected to arrive in the UK by the end of 2021, according to Shephard Defence Insight.

All three aircraft now operate from purpose-built facilities at RAF Lossiemouth, including a new £100 million hangar and upgraded runway.

Two more P-8A aircraft are in the US at the Boeing P-8 Installation and Checkout facility near Seattle, where mission systems are being installed and further testing will take place before final delivery to the RAF.

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