Jan 29, 2014

P-8A aircraft gets green light to enter full rate production

On the heels of the P-8A Poseidon squadron’s inaugural deployment, the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office recently announced P-8A Poseidon entered the full-rate productionphase of its development.
The approval, will allow the program office, resource sponsor, acquisition community and industry to continue to deliver the P-8A to the fleet with the required capabilities needed to ensure the squadrons are getting a stable and efficient system.
This approval moves the program from low-rate into full-rate production.
The objective is to deliver 117 aircraft to the fleet. Thirteen of 37 Low Rate Initial Productionaircraft have already been delivered on or ahead of schedule..
The P-8A’s current configuration, Increment 1, consists of the following capabilities: persistent armed anti-submarine warfare (ASW), an integrated sensor suite, and significant improvement in situational awareness. Increment 2 will consist of multi-static active coherent acoustics, automated identification system, and high-altitude ASW weapon capability.
The P-8A Poseidon will replace the P-3C Orion as a long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.

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