CFM International has been awarded a $13m contract for one spare engine for a P-8A Poseidon aircraft for the government of the United Kingdom.
According to a contract notice, work will be performed in Villaroche, France (55 percent); and Evendale, Ohio (45 percent), is expected to be completed in January 2020.
Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $13,247,329 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
At the start of the year, Boeing was awarded an almost $2.5 billion contract to produce 19 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for the US Navy, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Ten of the aircraft are for the US Navy, four for the UK and five for Norway.
The UK intends to procure 9 of the aircraft in total and had already ordered five. This purchase brings the total UK order of P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft up to 9.
Designated Poseidon MRA Mk.1 in British service, the first Poseidon will enter service in November this year with initial operating capability to be achieved in 2020.
in 2017, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States signed a statement of intent for a trilateral partnership with P-8 Poseidon aircraft to address the ‘changing security environment’ in the North Atlantic.
While the statement is relatively vague, the move is seen as part of an effort to coordinate the deployment of the maritime patrol aircraft. This is a move that has been described as essential, due to the relatively small fleet sizes the UK and Norway are to possess.