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Boeing Receives US$1.6B
Contract for P-8A Poseidon
Low-Rate Initial Production
Boeing has announced that on January 21 the company received a
US$1.6 billion contract from the U.S . Navy for low-rate initial production
(LRIP) of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The LRIP 1 contract is for six P-8A
aircraft, spares, logistics and training devices.
The Navy plans to purchase 117 of the Boeing 737-based P-8A
anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet. Initial operational
capability is planned for 2013.
“Providing these production aircraft to the Navy fleet on schedule is
our No. 1 goal,” said Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice president and P-8
program manager. “This is an exciting day for Boeing and the Navy and
a testament to the P-8 team’s hard work and determination.
“This first production contract represents a significant commitment
by the U.S . Navy to recapitalize its force of long-range maritime patrol
and reconnaissance aircraft,” said Capt. Leon Bacon, P-8A deputy
program manager for the Navy. “Ensuring that this capability arrives on
schedule and within budget remains our primary objective.”
Boeing will begin final assembly of the first LRIP aircraft at its
Renton, Washington, facility this summer. The Poseidon team is using
a first-in-industry in-line production process that draws on Boeing’s
Next-Generation 737 production system. All P-8A -unique aircraft
modifications will be made in sequence during fabrication and assembly.
“ The in-line approach we’ve incorporated on this military derivative
aircraft is already paying the dividends we expected by helping us improve
efficiency and reduce costs,” said John Pricco, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes P-8 program manager.
As part of the U.S . Navy System Development and Demonstration
contract awarded to Boeing in 2004, the team is building and testing six
flight-test and two ground-test aircraft. The first three flight-test planes,
T1, T2 and T3, are completing testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River,
Maryland. The program’s static test plane, S1, recently completed its test
program, which began in May 2009; S2, the fatigue test plane, will begin
testing later this year.
A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the Poseidon is built by
a Boeing-led industry team that includes CFM International, Northrop
Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE
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