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

The P-8A Poseidon is a modified Boeing 737-800ERX, bringing together a highly reliable airframe and high-bypass turbo fan jet engine with a fully connected, state-of-the-art open architecture mission system. This combination, coupled with next-generation sensors, will dramatically improve anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capabilities.

Program Status
Acquisition Phase: Full Rate Production (FRP)
Inventory: 50
Projected Inventory: 109
Initial Operational Capabilities (IOC) date: November 2013
Projected Full Operational Capabilities (FOC) date: 2023
  • Open Mission System Architecture: reconfigurable and expandable system facilitating easier, more affordable upgrades.
  • Sensors: Active multi-static and passive acoustic sensor system, inverse synthetic aperture/synthetic aperture radar, new electronic support measures system, new electro-optical/infrared sensor, digital magnetic anomaly detector.
  • Nine-person crew: dual-pilot cockpit, five mission crew (plus relief pilot and in-flight technician). Workstations with universal multi-function displays, ready accommodation for additional workstation, workload sharing.
  • Lethality: internal five-station weapons bay, four wing pylons, two centerline pylons, all supported by digital stores management allowing for carriage of joint missiles, torpedoes and mines.
  • Search stores: rotary reloadable, pneumatically controlled sonobuoy launcher.
  • Net Ready: Link-11/Link-16, Internet Protocol, Common Data Link (CDL), FORCEnet compliant.
  • Performance based support/logistics with availability a key performance parameter.
    The P-8A Poseidon, the Navy's newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, is a multi-mission capable replacement aircraft for the legacy P-3C Orion. Designed to secure the 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.

    Boeing was awarded the contract to develop the P-8A June 14, 2004, and the P-8A program went through a preliminary design review in November 2005.

    The P-8A program achieved initial operational capability in December 2013, when the first P-8A squadron (VP-16) deployed to Kadena, Japan. The program was approved for full-rate production (FRP) in January 2014, and the Navy awarded the FRP Lot I contract for 16 aircraft in February 2014. By the end of FY 2016, seven lots of low-rate initial production (LRIP)/FRP aircraft, including 80 aircraft and associated trainers, spares and support equipment, were on contract with Boeing Defense Space and Security. Six fleet squadrons have completed transition to P-8A, with 45 aircraft delivered on or ahead of schedule. The seventh fleet squadron began transition in October 2016. Increment 2 will deliver improved ASW capabilities as a series of three engineering change proposals (ECPs) and Increment 3 will continue advanced development as a series of four ECPs, with initial operational capability in FY 2023. The P-8A warfighting requirement is 117 aircraft.

    The P-8A provides more combat capability from a smaller force and less infrastructure while focusing on worldwide responsiveness and interoperability with traditional manned forces and evolving unmanned sensors.
    Point Of Contact
    Naval Air Systems Command
    NAVAIR PMA 290 / MMA Public Affairs
    (301) 342-0207
    Building 2185, Suite 3190
    22347 Cedar Point Road
    Patuxent River, MD 20670-1161
    General Characteristics
    Primary Function: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
    Contractor: Boeing Defense, Space and Security
    Date Deployed: First squadron is planned for 2013.
    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, 188,200 pounds
    Airspeed: 490 knots (564 mph) true air speed
    Ceiling: 41,000 ft.
    Range: 1,200 nautical miles radius with four hours on station.
    Crew: Nine.
    Armament: Torpedoes, cruise missiles
    Last Update: 18 November 2017