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Germany to buy additional P-8 maritime patrol aircraft

8th June 2022 - 12:15 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast


Germany is expected to introduce the P-8A maritime patrol aircraft into service from 2025 onward (Photo: US Navy)

Germany will acquire more P-8A maritime patrol aircraft beyond the five already on order.

Germany is to use funding from a €100 billion special arms fund to buy additional Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

The move was confirmed by the German MoD in a 6 June statement that outlined the various acquisitions to benefit from the new funding package, assuming that the German parliament passes it into law.

Berlin has not yet said exactly how many extra P-8s it intends to purchase, but its commitment to a follow-on order came after a €1.1 billion ($1.18 billion) FMS deal with the US for five aircraft was announced on 30 June 2021.  

The P-8 acquisition is an interim solution

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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