on Thursday announced a $1.98 billion contract from the U.S. Navy for 13 of its P-8A Poseidon aircraft, bringing the total order number to 37 of the 117 P-8As that it is expected to purchase.
(P-8A Poseidon. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.
The P-8A, an anti-submarine variant of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 commercial aircraft, is part of the Navy's modernization effort, as it looks to replace its current fleet of P-3 aircraft.
According to Rick Heerdt, program manager of Boeing's P-8 division, the P-8A program is "on budget and on schedule and the Navy will stand up initial operational capability" of the aircraft by the end of the year.
The P-8As are assembled within the same facility where Boeing produces commercial 737 variants. Companies included on Boeing's P-8A industry team include CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.
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