Boeing has been awarded a $2.2 billion contract for at least 17 P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
The agreement also includes options for 32 additional aircraft, as well as money for long-lead parts for future orders. After exercising all options, the total contract value will be $6.8 billion.
Jamie Burgess, vice president of Boeing Military Aircraft’s Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement division and the P-8 programme manager said:
“The P-8A is a textbook example of Boeing’s commercial derivative expertise. Every day our customers get to fly incredible aircraft that perform exceptionally well and are built by the best of Boeing.”
The US Navy will receive 11 aircraft, while Australia will expand its P-8A fleet with four more. The UK’s first two P-8A jets are part of the agreement, with first delivery set for 2019.
Boeing so far has delivered 53 Poseidons to the Navy and two to the Royal Australian Air Force.