A new fleet of 9 P-8 maritime patrol aircraft is to be based at RAF Lossiemouth.

Prime Minister David Cameron will confirm plans to buy nine new Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

According to the Ministry of Defence
, the £12 billion uplift in funding will be focused on investments that will “help to ensure the UK can respond to diverse threats in an increasingly dangerous and uncertain world”. This will include 9 new Boeing P-8 maritime patrol aircraft for “maritime surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-surface ship warfare, increasing further the protection of our nuclear deterrent and our new aircraft carriers.”




  1. So let me get this right, AFTER spending £4 billion on the MR4 Nimrod they were scrapped and the reason given was ” it was based on a 50 year old civilian airliner design, the Comet”. Well we knew that before the £4 billion was spent. So now we are buying P-8 Posidons based on a airliner the Boeing 737 that was designed in 1964. Brilliant.

  2. So was the black swan sloop more than just a design exercise ??clhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/joint-concept-note-1-12-future-black-swan-class-sloop-of-war-a-group-system

  3. The cost effectiveness of the P-8 will be unmatched. The 730s are still in production, with new variants being released as of 2015. Parts, upgrades, support, safety & engineering reports will be available for decades to come. The P-8 and 737 will easily be maintained as cutting edge for years to come.

  4. Great news that we are to regain this capability. Not so good news that like the Lightnings, these aircraft will be built in the USA and not in the UK. Let’s hope that the UK strikes a good deal by ensuring that there is a maximum of British content in them.


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