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P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft

P-8: A Proven Multi-Mission Maritime Patrol Aircraft

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 166 aircraft in service the P-8 has executed more than 560,000 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, German Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force. 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.

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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.

By utilizing Boeing’s existing commercial supply chain infrastructure and maintenance, repair and overhaul service relationships, P-8 sustainment solutions offer reduced program costs and availability risks to enable fleet operational readiness. Joint support teams result in improved readiness through rapid issues resolution, reliability improvement and top degrader management.

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.

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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.

Overland ISR
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 166 aircraft in service and over 560,000 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.

Technical Specifications

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)
27,300 lb
121.4 kN
Max speed 490 kt
564 mi/h
459+ ktas
907 km/h
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
Harpoon
MK-54
Survival kit

P-8 Customers

The United States Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force, the UK’s Royal Air Force, Norway’s Royal Norwegian Air Force and New Zealand’s Royal New Zealand Air Force currently fly the P-8A Poseidon variant; the Indian Navy flies the P-8I variant. The Republic of Korea Navy, German Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force have also selected the P-8A as their future maritime patrol aircraft.

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