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P-8 Poseidon
 
Latest update: February 2019

Company: Boeing Defense
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia 12   3   6 6             6
India 12       8 4             8
New Zealand     4     0             0
Norway 5         5             0
South Korea     6     0             0
UK 9         9             0
USA 115   7   83 32             83
Total 153   20   97 56             97
 
Comment(s):

The P-8 Poseidon is based on Boeings commercial B-737.800 aircraft.

The numbers reported in the aircraft ordered column are based on the US DoD contract awards. See further comments below.

The orders and delivery numbers for the USA included the SD&D (six) aircraft.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia P-8A 12   3   6 6             6
India P-8I 12       8 4             8
New Zealand P-8A     4     0             0
Norway P-8A 5         5             0
South Korea P-8A     6     0             0
UK Poseidon MRA.1 9         9             0
USA P-8A 115   7   83 32             83
Total   153   20   97 56             97
 
Comment(s):

P-8 Poseidon production batches:

Country Type SD&D         Total
USA P-8A 6         6
Total   6         6

Country Type Lot 1 Lot 2 Lot 3 Lot 4 Lot 5 Total
USA P-8A 6 7 11 13 16 53
Total   6 7 11 13 16 53


Country Type Lot 6 Lot 7 Lot 8 Lot 9 Lot 10 Total
Australia P-8A 4 4 4     12
Norway P-8A         5 5
UK Poseidon MRA.1     2 3 4 9
USA P-8A 9 16 11 10 10 56
Total   13 20 17 13 19 82

Lot 1 - 4: equal to LRIP batches 1 to 4.
Lot 5 - 8: equal to FRP batched 1 to 3.
Lot 9 - 10: equal to FRP batches 9 to 10.
Lot 11: seven aircraft for the US Navy planned for FY 2020 based on the FY 2019 budget request.

Australia:

Ordered 12 aircraft with an option for another four P-8As. Converted its option into an order. In its last strategic white paper it commited for a total of 15 Poseidons.

Date Milestone          
               
14-05-17 Third P-8A delivered.  
09-03-17 Second P-8A delivered.  
16-11-16 First P-8A delivered.  
27-09-16 Roll out of the first flight P-8A (A47-001) for the RAAF.
06-05-16 First flight of a P-8A for the RAAF.  
               


India:

India placed two orders for its P-8I purchase. The first in January 2009 covered eight aircraft. A follow on order was placed in July 2016 for another four aircraft. Orders were placed directly through commercial sales and not the foreign military sales routing. The first Indian Navy P-8A was delivered on May 15th, 2013 and completed in 2015. The next four Poseidons will be delivered in 2020.

New Zealand:

Requested the potential sale through FMS for up to four P-8As which has been approved by the State Department (DSCA) on April 27th by notifying US Congress.

Norway:

Boeing was awarded a contract to build Lot 10 consisting of 10 P-8A's for the US Navy, five for Norway and four for the UK on January 25, 2019. The first P-8A will be delivered in 2021.

Date Milestone          
               
25-01-19 Boeing awarded the contract to build five P-8A's  
  to be delivered by March 2022.  
29-03-17 Ministry of Defence announced it signed a contract
  to purchase five P-8As for the Royal Norwegian  
  Air Force.  
               

The P-8As will replace six Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion and three Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft. Aircraft deliveries will take place in 2022 and 2023. Until then the Orions will remain in service with the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

South Korea:

Selected the P-8A to replace its P-3 Orion fleet. The number of Poseidons to be ordered is unknown.

United Kingdom:

Its first P-8A Poseidon Martimime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) is expected to arrive in 2019.

Date Milestone          
               
25-01-19 Boeing awarded the contract to build the last   
  four P-8A's to be delivered by March 2022.  
13-07-17 The Defence Secretary announced the two squadrons
  which will be activated by the RAF. 120 squadron will
  form in April 2018 and 201 squadron in 2021. Both will
  be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray.  
30-03-17 The US DoD awarded a contract covering the production
  of the first two P-8As (Lot 8) and long lead funding for
  three aircraft (Lot 9).  
11-07-16 The MoD confirmed the deal to buy nine P-8As.  
23-11-15 In the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence
  and Security Review the intended buy of the P-8A
  Poseidon was announced.  
               


United States:

The US Navy plans to order 117 Poseidon aircraft. The last order was placed on March 30th, 2017.
 
Current (and future) operators
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country
11 Squadron 92 Wing P-8A   RAAF Base Edinburgh Australia
NAS 312A   P-8I   INS Rajali India
120 Squadron   P-8A Poseidon MPA   RAF Lossiemouth United Kingdom
201 Squadron   P-8A Poseidon MPA   RAF Lossiemouth United Kingdom
VX-1   P-8A   NAS Patuxent River Maryland
VP-4 CPRW-10 P-8A YD-xxx NAS Whidbey Island Washington
VP-5 CPRW-11 P-8A LA-xxx NAS Jacksonville Florida
VP-8 CPRW-11 P-8A LC-xxx NAS Jacksonville Florida
VP-10 CPRW-11 P-8A LD-xxx NAS Jacksonville Florida
VP-16 CPRW-11 P-8A LF-xxx NAS Jacksonville Florida
VX-20   P-8A   NAS Patuxent River Maryland
VP-26 CPRW-11 P-8A LK-xxx NAS Jacksonville Florida
VP-30 CPRW-11 P-8A LL-xxx NAS Jacksonville Florida
VP-45 CPRW-11 P-8A LN-xxx NAS Jacksonville Florida
VP-47 CPRW-10 P-8A RD-xxx NAS Whidbey Island Washington
 
Comment(s):

NAS Jacksonville, CPRW-11, was the first wing to transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon. VP-16 was the first operational P-8A squadron followed by: VP-5, VP-45, VP-8, VP-10 and VP-26.

NAS Whidbey Island. CPRW-10, started its conversion to the P-8A in October 2016. The first squadron to transition on the west coast was VP-4 (seventh squadron). VP-47 is currently transitioning from the P-3C Orion.
Squadrons operational on the P-3C and to convert to the P-8A are: VP-1, VP-9, VP-40, VP-46 and VP-69.
 
Photo gallery
 
 
  P-8A assigned to VX-1 departing RIAT 2014 held at RAF Fairford.
P-8A taxiing for departure after taking part in the 35 years "AWACS" open house at Geilenkirchen.