Boeing to offer P-8A Poseidon for Canada’s multi-mission aircraft project

American aerospace company Boeing has revealed its intent to offer P-8A Poseidon in response to Canada’s request for information (RFI) for long-range maritime patrol aircraft. 

Militaries that operate or have selected the P-8 include the US Navy, the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Indian Navy, Royal Norwegian Air Force, Republic of Korea Navy and German Navy.

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The P-8A’s multi-mission capability has delivered mission success in ASW, ISR, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and search and rescue missions. These multi-mission capabilities are enhanced through secure, interoperable, net-ready systems that will provide Canada with the ability to engage/control and to fully integrate with other ASW and ISR assets.

“The P-8A Poseidon has demonstrated that it is the world’s most capable multi-mission aircraft currently in production and offers a complete solution for Canada’s CMMA requirements,” said Tim Flood, International Business Development director, Europe and Americas.

“The range, speed, and endurance of the P-8 makes it the perfect platform to monitor Canada’s northern and maritime approaches and the P-8 will ensure allied interoperability to meet Canada’s security commitments.”

In addition, the P-8 shares extensive commonality with Boeing’s 737NG, which has support infrastructure around the globe.

The commonality in spares and training for aircrews and maintainers reduces costs substantially and enables military operators to leverage support throughout the world, the company ephasized.

To remind, the Canadian multi-mission aircraft (CMMA) project will replace the Royal Canadian Air Force fleet of CP-140 Aurora aircraft and enhance the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.