An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

P-8A Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA)

Last updated: 23 Apr 2021

The P-8A Poseidon (P-8A) is the U.S. Navy's multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. The P-8A efficiently conducts anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and humanitarian response. These capabilities are enhanced through secure, interoperable, net-ready systems. While the aircraft is also equipped with high-quality weapon systems, it also has an open architecture to allow for expansion. The P-8A is built for today's missions with room to grow!
The P-8A Poseidon incorporates the 737-800 air frame, -900 wings, a weapons bay and pylons, and operates with a smaller crew. However, it delivers an extended global reach, greater payload capacity, higher operating altitude, and state-of-the art sensors, radars and open-systems architecture.
Designed to secure the U.S Navy's future in long-range maritime patrol capability, the P-8A Poseidon has transformed how the Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will man, train, operate and deploy. Using an affordable and efficient in-line assembly process, the P-8A Poseidon is built, then, after final assembly, necessary military modifications are added. The P-8A offers commonality with the 737 fleet and other military platforms that use the 737 airframe. Commonality in spares and training for crews reduces costs, and enables military operators to leverage support throughout the world.
General Characteristics
Primary Function: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
Contractor: Boeing Defense, Space and Security
Propulsion: 2 CFM 56-7B engines with 27,300 lbs. thrust each
Length: 129.5 feet (39.47 meters).
Height: 42.1 feet (12.83 meters).
Wingspan: 123.6 feet (37.64 meters)
Weight: Maximum gross takeoff, 189,200 pounds (85,820 kilograms)
Airspeed: 490 knots (564 mph) true air speed
Ceiling: 41,000 feet (12,496 meters)
Range: 1,200 nautical miles radius with four hours on station
Crew: Nine
Armament: Torpedoes, cruise missiles

Point of Contact
Naval Air Systems
PMA 290 Public Affairs

Building 2185, Suite 3190-B1
22347 Cedar Point Road
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1161

(301) 757-8690


Google Translation Disclaimer

Guidance-Card-Icon Dept-Exclusive-Card-Icon