Boeing P–8A Poseidon

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Product Type:
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and
Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) Aircraft

Using Service (US):
Navy (USN)

Program Status:
Full Rate Production (FRP)

Prime Contractor:
Airframe: The Boeing Company
Engines: CFM Int'l (GE and Snecma)

The P-8A Poseidon

About the P-8 Poseidon:

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The Boeing P–8A Poseidon, also known as the Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft, is a long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft capable of broad area, maritime, and littoral (close-to-shore) operations. The Poseidon is an all-weather commercial derivative of the Boeing 737-800 ERX. The P-8A has the fuselage of a 737-800 and the wings of a 737-900. The P-8A is powered by two CFM International CFM56-7B high-bypass turbofan engines, each providing 27,000 pounds of thrust. The P-8A is the replacement system for the P-3C Orion.

The aircraft is equipped with the Raytheon AN/APY-10 maritime, littoral and overland surveillance radar. The AN/APY-10 will be fully integrated into Boeing's Mission Control and Display System for control, display and data distribution on the P-8A. According to Raytheon, the radar is the only system of its type to provide ultra-high resolution imaging modes for maritime and overland operations.

The P-8A made its first flight on April 25, 2009 and full-scale testing of the airframe was completed in January 2011. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was achieved on November 29, 2013. The first production aircraft made its initial flight on July 7, 2011 and was officially delivered to the Navy on March 4, 2012. On January 3, 2014, the P-8A was approved for Full Rate Production (FRP).

Boeing assembles the P-8A Poseidon at its 737 assembly facility in Renton, Washington. Notable companies involved in manufacturing the P-8 Poseidon are Boeing (System Development and Integration), CFM International (CFM56-7B turbofan engines), Spirit AeroSystems (fuselage and airframe tail sections and struts), Northrop Grumman (AN/AAQ-24 DIRCM countermeasures system; AN/ALQ-240(V)1 Electronic Support Measures (EMS) system; and data links), Raytheon (AN/APY-10 Maritime Surveillance Radar and SIGINT; GPS Anti-Jam, Integrated Friend-or-Foe (IFF), and towed decoy self-protection suites; broadcast info system and secure UHF Satcom); GE Aviation (Flight Management and Stores Management Systems); and BAE Systems (Mission Computing and Display System, Flight Deck Panels, and Data Diode).

In January 2009, Boeing signed a contract with the Government of India to deliver eight P-8I "Neptune" long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to the Indian navy.

In January 2011, Boeing received a $1.6 billion contract for the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the first 6 aircraft, including funding for spares, logistics, and training devices.

In February 2014, the Government of Australia announced its decision to purchase eight P-8As + options for four additional aircraft in a $3.6 billion deal. The P-8A will replace Australia's aging AP-3C Orions.


The P-8A carries AGM-84K SLAM-ER missiles, Mk 54 torpedoes, depth charges, bombs, and naval mines. The aircraft is also be able to drop and monitor sonobuoys.

P-8A Poseidon Production Forecast:

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The P-8 Poseidon provides Maritime Patrol, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), and armed Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) in maritime and littoral areas above, on and below the ocean's surface.

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Sources: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), The Boeing Company,
CFM International, and Pratt & Whitney.

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