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  • Boeing P-8 Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft

    The United States Navy has adopted the Boeing P-8 Poseidon to replace its aged fleet of Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft in the ASW role.

     Updated: 6/16/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Boeing P-8 "Poseidon" is a militarized form of the Boeing Model 737-800 NG ("Next Generation") airframe and has been developed specifically for the maritime patrol (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR)) and Anti-Submarine Warfare/Anti-Surface Warfare (ASW) roles. The P-8 was adopted by the United States Navy (USN) as a replacement for the aging line of prop-powered, Lockheed L-88 "Electra"-based P-3C "Orions" in steady service since the 1960s. The initial mark is the P-8A serving Naval Air Systems Command (NASC) and aircraft were contracted through Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). The P-8 achieved Initial Operational Capabilities (IOC) in November of 2013 while Full Operational Capabilities (FOC) are expected during 2018.

    Outwardly, the P-8 retains the form of the original Boeing 737-800 line as it sports a well-contoured, tubular fuselage with low-mounted, swept-back monoplane wings, dihedral tailplanes and a single vertical tail fin. Two turbofan engines are slung under each wing. Various antenna and communication protrusions dot the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the fuselage. The cockpit is held at the extreme forward end of the fuselage aft of a short nose cone housing radar. While many physical facets of the P-8 are equal to that of the commercial Boeing 737, the P-8 is designed with in-flight refueling capabilities for increased loiter times.

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    Boeing P-8A Poseidon Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 2013
    Type: Multi-mission Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Boeing Integrated Defense Systems - USA
    Production Total: 52

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 9
    Length: 129.49 feet (39.47 meters)
    Width: 123.49 feet (37.64 meters)
    Height: 42.09 feet (12.83 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 138,296 lb (62,730 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 189,201 lb (85,820 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x CFM International CFM56-7B engines developing 27,000lb of thrust each.

    Maximum Speed: 490 mph (789 kph; 426 knots)
    Maximum Range: 1,381 miles (2,222 km)
    Service Ceiling: 41,010 feet (12,500 meters; 7.77 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    Mission-specific, largely for the anti-ship, anti-submarine maritime patrol role. Will include torpedoes, naval mines, depth charges and air-to-surface/anti-ship missiles. SLAM-ER stand-off cruise missile support also noted.

    Global Operators / Customers

    India; New Zealand (probable); Norway; United Kingdom; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    Boeing 737-800 - Civilian Airframe on which the P-8 is being developed from.

    P-8 "Poseidon" - Base Series Designation

    P-8A - Initial Production Model Series Designation; US Navy.

    P-8I "Neptune" - Export derivative for Indian Navy.

    P-8 AGS - Proposed Airborne Ground Surveillance variant.