The Boeing P-8 is truly a multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft, excelling at anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and search and rescue. The P-8 can fly higher (up to 41,000 ft) and get to the fight faster (490 knots). Shorter transit times reduce the size of the Area of Probability when searching for submarines, surface vessels or search and rescue survivors. P-8 is also designed for low altitude missions and has already proven its abilities supporting humanitarian and search and rescue missions.
A proven system with more than 155 aircraft in service the P-8 has executed more than 500,000 mishap free flight-hours around the globe.
The P-8 has two variants: The P-8I, flown by the Indian Navy, and the P-8A Poseidon flown by the U.S. Navy, the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Militaries that have selected the P-8 include the Republic of Korea Navy and German Navy. The P-8’s performance and reliability delivers confidence in an uncertain world — in any condition, anywhere, anytime.
The P-8 combines the most advanced weapon system in the world with the cost advantages of the most operated commercial airliner on the planet. The P-8 shares 86% commonality with the commercial 737NG, providing enormous supply chain economies of scale in production and support. Boeing’s expertise in commercial fleet management and derivative aircraft sustainment provides customers with greater availability at a lower operational cost. The P-8 is engineered for 25 years/25,000 hours in the harshest maritime flight regimes, including extended operations in icing environments.
Boeing delivers the first P-8A Poseidon to New Zealand. The aircraft is the first of four ordered by New Zealand and the 155th P-8 aircraft delivered to global customers.Learn More
The P-8 is a true Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) offering surveillance and reconnaissance, long-range anti-submarine warfare capabilities and search and rescue.Learn More
This is the journey that each P-8A Poseidon takes from the U.S. to the UK.Learn More
August 11, 2022 in Defense
Watch the Boeing P-8A Poseidon and KC-46A Pegasus perform during the 2022 Boeing Seafair Air ShowLearn More
July 21, 2022 in Defense
Boeing debuted the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft for New Zealand in its Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) livery. New Zealand is one of eight nations to have acquired the P-8 as their new multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft.Learn More
July 7, 2022 in Defense
The newest Boeing P-8 maritime patrol, reconnaissance aircraft took to the skies over Puget Sound bringing the total number of P-8s delivered to 150. First deliveries to New Zealand, Korea and Germany scheduled for 2022, 2023 and 2024 respectively.Learn More
June 1, 2022 in Defense
Boeing and several Canadian industry partners announced today their intent to collaborate to provide the capability and sustainability of the proven P-8A Poseidon for the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) requirement. P-8 offers proven, unmatched capability to defend Canada’s northern and maritime approaches.Learn More
September 27, 2021 in Defense
The U.S. Navy today awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a production contract for five P-8A Poseidon aircraft for Germany. First deliveries are slated to begin in 2024 when the P-8A Poseidon will eventually replace Germany’s fleet of P-3C Orion aircraft.Learn More
August 9, 2021 in Defense
The first of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft for Norway performed its maiden flight on Aug. 9. 2021.Learn More
Together with the UK Government, we’ve built a new strategic facility at RAF Lossimouth in Moray, Scotland.Learn More
December 11, 2020 in Defense
A behind-the-scenes look at how the P-8 is assembled and delivered in Puget SoundLearn More
May 18, 2020 in defense
May 14, 2020, the U.S. Navy received its 100th P-8A aircraft from Boeing as the global fleet, which also includes the Indian navy and the Australian and U.K. air forces, approaches 300,000 flight hours of hunting submarines and providing aerial reconnaissance capabilities around the world.Learn More
May 18, 2020 in defense
March 30, 2020, the U.S. Navy awarded Boeing a $1.5 billion production contract for the next 18 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The contract includes eight aircraft for the U.S. Navy, six aircraft for the Republic of Korea Navy and four aircraft for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.Learn More
November 11, 2019 in Defense
The U.K.s Royal Air Force received the first of nine P-8A Aircraft, slated to respond to “profound challenges” around the United Kingdom.Learn More
July 23, 2019 in Defense
First of nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft completes assembly and makes its first flight. Next stop: addition of military systems.Learn More
The P-8 provides high levels of fleet availability while reducing life-cycle cost. Our One Boeing solutions are leveraged for training, sustainment and service support. This included supply chain, global support, field service, data/tech publications, spares and repairs, modifications and retrofits.
Leveraging worldwide logistics, maintenance and training support systems, Boeing provides superior sustainment solutions to support the unparalleled capabilities of the P-8 aircraft.
Designed to provide high levels of fleet availability while reducing life-cycle cost, Boeing’s P-8 support capabilities leverage commercial program solutions – including supply chain, global support, field service, data/tech publications, spares and repairs, modifications and retrofits – to offer tailored, affordable solutions.
Boeing’s expertise in derivative aircraft sustainment and commercial fleet management provides customers with greater availability at lower operating costs, and the availability to leverage the integration of Boeing’s commercial and defense aerospace capabilities.
P-8 Anti-Submarine Warfare
The P-8 executes anti-submarine warfare (ASW) through an integrated sensor suite to conduct search, detection, classification, localization, tracking and attack of submarines. The P-8 utilizes a state-of-the-art acoustics sensor suite, sonobuoys, electronic support measures (ESM), inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) and the delivery of torpedoes for sub-hunting.
P-8 Anti-Surface Warfare
The P-8 executes antisurface warfare (ASuW) through elegant communications and data link systems. This integrated sensor suite conducts search, detection, classification, localization, tracking and attack of naval surface targets, utilizing ESM and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and delivering of Harpoon missiles.
P-8 Maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
The P-8 accomplishes maritime ISR through a proven sensor suite of radar with ISAR, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), periscope, search and navigation. These systems are optimized for combat ready maritime patrol in detecting, locating and tracking surface and undersea targets.
The P-8 has the proven capability to effectively conduct overland ISR and battle space control (C2) of land forces using its advanced mission system, data link and electro-optical/infrared sensor suite.
Military Operations Communications
The P-8 has a full complement of radio frequency communications via Link 11 and 16 to support coordination of operations. This includes wideband satellite communications with ground stations that enable interoperability with allies and partner nations.
Search and Rescue
With its advanced sensors and long endurance, further enhanced by in-flight refueling, the P-8 can search and deliver rescue stores in large ocean and overland areas quickly at high and low altitudes. This includes the carriage and release of the UNI-PAC search and rescue survival kit.
P-8 Multimission Maritime Aircraft
With surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, and long-range anti-submarine capabilities, the P-8 is the most capable multimission aircraft deployed around the world, protecting seas and securing borders. A proven system with more than 155 aircraft in service and over 500,000 flight hours. The P-8’s performance and reliability delivers confidence in an uncertain world — in any condition, anywhere, anytime.
The P-8 combines the most advanced weapon system in the world with the cost advantages of the most popular airliner on the planet. The P-8 shares 86% commonality with the commercial 737NG, providing enormous supply chain economies of scale in production and support. Boeing’s expertise in commercial fleet management and derivative aircraft sustainment provides customers with greater availability at a lower operational cost.
|Wingspan||123.6 ft||37.64 m|
|Height||42.1 ft||12.83 m|
|Length||129.6 ft||39.50 m|
|Propulsion thrust, each||CFM-56-7BE (2)
|Max speed||490 kt
|Ceiling||41,000 ft||12,496 m|
|MGTW||189,200 lb||85,820 kg|
|Range||1,200+ nm >4 hr time on station, 2,225+ km|
|Weapon stores compatibility||129 A-size sonobuoys
The United States Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force currently fly the P-8A Poseidon variant; the Indian Navy flies the P-8I variant. The Royal Norwegian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Republic of Korea Navy and German Navy have also selected the P-8A as their future maritime patrol aircraft.