The Making of a P-8

The P-8 is a collaboration between Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security. The Boeing teams work together from start to finish to bring this amazing aircraft to the warfighter. The P-8 is a military derivative of the Boeing 737 Next-Generation airplane, which means assembly begins in a Boing Commercial Airplanes factory. After the P-8 receives a new coat…

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BAE Systems Receives Rapid Response Contract From U.S. Navy to Demonstrate Leading-Edge Countermeasure System

January 5, 2021 – BAE Systems received a $4 million contract from the U.S. Navy to conduct a quick-turnaround demonstration of a new radio frequency countermeasure (RFCM) system for the P-8A Poseidon. The pod-mounted RFCM system is a leading-edge, lightweight, high-power system that will add a new self-protection capability to this next-generation U.S. Navy aircraft. “The ability to meet this…

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Australia Orders Another Pair of P-8A Poseidons

December 30, 2020 – Air Force’s maritime patrol capability will be boosted with Australia set to acquire two more P-8A Poseidon surveillance and response aircraft, bringing the total fleet size to 14. The Government has also approved sustainment funding for the current approved fleet of three MQ-4C Triton aircraft. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the…

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Boeing Awarded U.S. Navy Contract for New Zealand P-8 Training

Dec. 16, 2020 — The U.S. Navy recently awarded Boeing a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, valued at $109 million, to provide P-8A Poseidon training for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). A suite of training systems and courseware will prepare RNZAF aircrew and maintainers to safely and effectively operate and maintain the world’s premier maritime patrol and reconnaissance…

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First Air-to-Air Refueling for Australian P-8As

October 20, 2020 – The RAAF P-8A Poseidon fleet has taken a step towards full operational capability with one of the surveillance aircraft completing the first air-to-air refueling with a KC-30A multi-role tanker transport. The two aircraft undertook seven refueling flights from September 22 to October 1, with the KC-30A leaving its home base of RAAF Amberley and meeting up…

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VP-45 “Pelicans” Return from Deployment

June 2, 2020 – The Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 “Pelicans” returned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, May 29, after an eight-month deployment. VP-45, led by commanding officer Cmdr. Paul Nickell, deployed with the “Diamondbacks” of Mobile Tactical Operation Center Five (MTOC-5). The squadron was deployed from October 2019 through May 2020 to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation…

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