Raytheon has been awarded a $46m contract for eight APY-10 radar system production kits for the United Kingdom for the P-8A Poseidon.
The United Kingdom is officially still planning on purchasing nine P-8A aircraft, this discrepancy is strange at first glance but there may be a bit of an explanation in something said last year. Last year, Harriett Baldwin, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence said:
“The Ministry of Defence has ordered nine P–8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from the US Government in a Foreign Military Sale arrangement. The UK order forms part of a much larger US order which is being procured in different “lots”, and UK aircraft will be delivered as part of “lots” eight, nine and ten. The first RAF aircraft is expected in 2019, with a further four due in 2020 and delivery of the final four scheduled in 2021.”
It is prudent to compare this statement to this excerpt from the contract notice (displayed below). The notice states that the order of eight APY-10 radar system production kits is in support of “aircraft production lots 8 and 9”. It would appear then that the radar systems for the lot 10 aircraft have not yet been ordered by either the US or UK and that they’ll be ordered in the next batch.
Boeing was recently awarded a $282m contract for procurement of long lead parts for 19 Lot 10 P-8A aircraft, including four for the UK. The officially UK intends to procure 9 of the aircraft in total and had already ordered 5 before this, bringing the total up to 9.
According to a contract noticed released earlier:
“The Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded $46,114,946 for modification P00028 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0116) for the procurement of four APY-10 radar system production kits for the Navy, eight for the government of the United Kingdom, four for the government of Australia, and related services in support of P-8A Poseidon aircraft production Lots 8 and 9.
Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (77.1 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (7.1 percent); Chelmsford, Massachusetts (3.4 percent); Woodland Park, New Jersey (3.4 percent); Black Mountain, North Carolina (1.8 percent); San Carlos, California (1.7 percent); Ashburn, Virginia (1.6 percent); Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada (1.4 percent); Simsbury, Connecticut (1.3 percent); and Clearwater, Florida (1.2 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $46,114,946 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($11,371,053; 25 percent); and FMS ($34,743,893; 75 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.”
The AN/APY-10 is a multifunction radar developed for the Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft. According to the manufacturer, the AN/APY-10 is the latest descendant of a radar family originally developed for Lockheed P-3 Orion, the predecessor of P-8.
In technical terms the AN/APY-10 mechanically scanned radar is a development of Raytheon’s AN/APS-149 radar. Compared to the AN/APS-137, it is smaller in size, lighter, and uses less power. The radar is optimized for maritime, littoral and overland surveillance.