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US $2.2 BILLION BOEING
CONTRACT FUNDS P-8 AIRCRAFT
FOR U.S., AUSTRALIA AND U.K.
SEATTLE, Apr. 3, 2017 –
Order continues global expansion of maritime
patrol capabilities based on Boeing 737
commercial plane; Agreement for 17 aircraft
includes first for U.K. Royal Air Force
Boeing, the U.S . Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force
and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force will continue
modernizing global maritime patrol capabilities through
a US $2.2 billion contract awarded March 30 for at
least 17 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
The agreement also includes options for 32
additional aircraft, as well as money for long-lead
parts for future orders. After exercising all options,
the total contract value will be US $6.8 billion. This
comprehensive award reflects a commitment by
Boeing and the Navy to achieve pricing and production
stability, two keys of successful program performance.
“The P-8A is a textbook example of Boeing’s
commercial derivative expertise,” said Jamie Burgess,
vice president of Boeing Military Aircraft’s Mobility,
Surveillance & Engagement division and the P-8
program manager. “Every day our customers get to fly
incredible aircraft that perform exceptionally well and
are built by the best of Boeing.”
The Navy will receive 11 aircraft, while Australia
will expand its P-8A fleet with four more. The U.K.’s
first two P-8A jets are part of the agreement, with first
delivery set for 2019.
Boeing so far has delivered 53 Poseidons to the
Navy and two to the Royal Australian Air Force.
Based on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800
commercial airplane, the P-8A offers the world’s
most advanced anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare
and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
capabilities. The U.S . Navy has deployed multiple
squadrons around the globe since operations began
in 2013, accumulating more than 96,000 flight
hours to date.
The Indian Navy currently flies the P-8I variant
of the aircraft. They have received eight aircraft to
date and in July 2016 signed a contract for four
INDUSTRY FOR JSF PROGRAM
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher
Pyne MP, announced on March 31 the Defence
Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) would work
with Defence to develop and enhance Australian
industry capabilities in support of the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter Program.
Minister Pyne said with more than three thousand
F-35 aircraft planned for production globally over
the next 25 years, there were many opportunities for
Australian industry to compete for work.
“There are opportunities for companies to participate
in both the production of new aircraft, and the regional
allocations of sustainment work for in-service fleets,”
Minister Pyne said.
“Indeed, there are already many success stories
in relation to Australian industry making its mark in
the production phase with more than 30 companies
successfully partaking in AU $800 million of work so far.
“These complex military platforms are providing
opportunities for Australia’s smartest minds to
contribute to the global ‘learning curve’ and to
Minister Pyne said DMTC will take proposals
from industry and research organisations and work
with Defence, to identify industry capabilities and
innovation opportunities that will be targeted for
“Some of the potential opportunities for development
that have been identified to date include additive
manufacturing, titanium machining, structural health
monitoring, corrosion monitoring and control and
composite repair,” he said.
DMTC is a key partner for the new Defence
Innovation Hub—launched in 2016, which will invest
around AU $640 million over the decade in Defence
“The Defence Innovation Hub, together with
the Next Generation Technologies Fund and the
Centre for Defence Industry Capability, deliver on
the Government’s $1.6 billion commitment to grow
Australia’s industry and innovation sector,” he said.
DMTC’s call for expressions of interest from prospective
industry and research partners are open until 13 April
2017 and documentation is available from:
Credit: CoA / Craig Barrett
The U.S. Navy announced a contract for 17 additional P-8A Poseidon plus provisions
for 32 more aircraft, bringing their total contracted aircraft to 97. Credit: Boeing photo
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