German Navy P-8

Boeing awarded contract to supply 17 P-8A Poseidon to Canada and Germany

Two countries will receive their maritime patrol planes through the US Navy and it will cost $3.4 billion

The US Navy has awarded Boeing a $3.4 billion contract to supply 17 P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the Royal Canadian Air Force and German Navy.

Canada will receive 14 maritime patrol jets that will replace the current fleet of CP-140 Aurora turboprops, the local name for the P-3 Orion. The first P-8As will be delivered from 2026.

Germany, in turn, will have three additional P-8s to the five planes acquired in June 2021. The aircraft will be operated by the German Navy from 2025 and will take the place of the country’s P-3 Orions.

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“We are proud to add Canada to the list of international P-8 partners as well as to Germany’s fleet of maritime patrol aircraft,” said Philip June, vice president and program manager, P-8A program. “The Poseidon is a proven aircraft, with more than 600,000 flight hours, that will serve Canada and Germany well in today’s challenging security environment and for decades to come.”

RCAF P-8 rendering (Boeing)
RCAF P-8 rendering (Boeing)

According to Boeing, there are 200 P-8s currently in service or under contract in nine countries, including the United States, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, Norway, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Germany and Canada.


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