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BOEING RECEIVES $2.4
BILLION CONTRACT FOR 16
P-8A POSEIDON AIRCRAFT
Boeing announced on February 26 that the P-8A
Poseidon program will enter full production,
following a $2.4 billion contract award from the
U.S. Navy for 16 additional aircraft that will bolster
maritime patrol capabilities.
The order, which will take the total fleet to 53,
marks a transition from preliminary low-rate
Boeing has delivered 13 P-8As to the Navy,
which deployed its first patrol squadron to Kadena,
Japan in December 2013 and has been conducting
operational missions since then.
"This milestone is a testament to the incredible
effort and dedication of the team to deliver the
P-8A to the fleet as planned," Navy P-8A program
manager Capt. Scott Dillon said. "The future of the
Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community
has begun to make history with the P-8As already
delivered to the fleet. These full-rate production
aircraft will give us the opportunity to deliver the
best system through a cost-effective procurement
Based on Boeing's Next-Generation 737-800
commercial airplane, the P-8A will enhance the
service's anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare
and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
capabilities. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase
117 P-8As to replace its P-3 fleet.
"This contract reflects the success of the program
and enables us to continue delivering an advanced,
cost-effective maritime patrol aircraft to the Navy,"
added Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president and P-8
program manager. "We delivered eight P-8s, all on
or ahead of schedule in 2013, and we intend to
keep that streak going in 2014."
Boeing assembles the P-8A aircraft in the
same facility where it builds all its 737 aircraft.
The Poseidon team uses a first-in-industry in-line
production process that draws on Boeing's Next-
Generation 737 system and has resulted in cost
and schedule savings.
Boeing's industry team includes CFM
International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit
AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation. ¢
BAE SYSTEMS COMPLETES
CLASSIC HORNET DEEPER
BAE Systems announced on February 13 that
together with its engineering partner L-3 MAS
Canada, the company has completed the Hornet
Maintenance and Modifications Support Contract.
The contract delivered deeper maintenance and
significant structural refurbishments, ensuring the
Classic Hornets remain an important element of the
Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) air combat
capability until the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) comes
BAE Systems Australia Director Aerospace Steve
Drury said the company was proud of the enhanced
capability it had produced while delivering the
Commonwealth real savings.
“This has been a major program of work for our
company that started in June 2003. In that time,
our skilled workforce maintained 65 of the RAAF’s
71 Classic Hornets and completed over one million
hours of maintenance,” Mr Drury said.
“We also contributed significant savings to the
Defence Strategic Reform Program. Working closely
with the RAAF and L-3, we delivered a seven per
cent cost reduction on Hornet deeper maintenance
in recent years and improved aircraft availability.”
Mr Drury said this was another example of BAE
Systems’ commitment to working collaboratively
with the Commonwealth to provide more efficient
services at a reduced cost.
“By establishing a culture of continuous
improvement within our business, we achieved
faster throughput, safer production and reduced
waste – without compromising on quality.”
Mr Drury said delivery of this highly successful
contract ensured BAE Systems was well positioned
to pursue long term sustainment work on the Joint
Strike Fighter at Williamtown, when the aircraft
comes into service in 2018.
“Our significant presence at Williamtown is built
on our fast jet sustainment expertise. With our
established capabilities, we are ready to provide
in-country support of the RAAF’s next-generation
JSF,” he said. ¢
Boeing P8-A Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released
Hawk LIF. Credit: CoA
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