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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NAVAIR Looks to Increase P-8 Poseidon Production

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) issued a $27.5 million contract to Boeing for low rate initial production (LRIP) of P-8A Poseidon aircraft, a multi mission aircraft based on the Boeing 737-800 airframe.
 
 
(Poseidon P-8A. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.)
 
NAVAIR did not disclose how many P-8As will be produced as a result of the new contract. 
 
Boeing is currently on contract to build 24 P-8A aircraft as part of three LRIP contracts awarded in 2011 and 2012. NAVAIR has plans to purchase 117 P-8As, the company said. 
 

In a statement, the Department of Defense (DoD) said the latest LRIP is scheduled for completion in June 2016.  

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