CFM International Inc. is awarded a contract for the procurement of six CFM56-7B27AE high-bypass turbofan engines in support of P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
Out of the six engines, five are in support of U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidons and one is for P-8 operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The contract also include four CFM56-7B27AE engine compressor cases and four associated kits for the U.S. Navy.
The firm-fixed-price, contract, worth around $80 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); and foreign cooperative project funds for the amount will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (84 percent); and the government of Australia (16 percent).
The contract work will be performed in Villaroche, France (53 percent); Durham, North Carolina (43 percent); Singapore (3 percent); and Bromont, Canada (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019.
Boeing P-8 Poseidon is a maritime patrol aircraft aircraft developed for the U.S. Navy (USN) by Boeing Defense, Space & Security based on its 737-800ERX design.
The P-8 is able to perform 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.
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), Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF), and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).