Boeing is being awarded a delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the procurement of one Ground Calibration of Operational Loads Monitoring System installed on a P-8A lot 7 production aircraft in support of the government of Australia.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order, worth around $17 million, was awarded by U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland. Cooperative engagement agreement funds for the amount will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The contract work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed in January 2019.
The P-8A is a fundamental element of Australia’s future maritime patrol and response strategy. Together with the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems(UAS), the P-8A aircraft will replace the AP-3C Orions which are due for withdrawal in 2018-19.
The first aircraft arrived in Canberra on 16 November 2016, with the remaining 11 aircraft ordered to be delivered by March 2020. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the first eight P-8A’s is scheduled for the period 2017 – 2020.
Like the AP-3C Orions preceding them, the P-8A Poseidon’s will be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
Boeing P-8 Poseidon
Boeing P-8 Poseidon is a military aircraft developed for the United States Navy (USN). The aircraft has been developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, modified from the 737-800ERX.
The P-8 conducts anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and shipping interdiction, along with an early warning self-protection (EWSP) ability, otherwise known as electronic support measures (ESM).
This involves carrying torpedoes, depth charges, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. It is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys. It is designed to operate in conjunction with the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle.
The P-8 is operated by the U.S. Navy, the Indian Navy (as the P-8I Neptune), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft has been ordered by the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF), and the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF).