Navy Looks to Restore P-8A Procurement to 117 Aircraft
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is trying to restore its program of record for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to 117 aircraft by 2018, the Navy’s program manager said.
“It’s the [Navy] Department’s goal to return to the full program of record,” Capt. Tony Rossi, the maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft program manager, told reporters March 28.
The current P-8A program of record for the U.S. Navy is 109 aircraft, Rossi said, down from 117 as a result of budget caps over the last few years.
In the Navy’s fiscal 2017 Request for Additional Appropriations, the service requested six additional P-8As, which would accelerate fielding and “start to get us to the 117,” Rossi said.
Boeing had delivered 53 P-8As to the U.S. Navy as of March 28, as well as two to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The total under contract to date is 88, including eight for the RAAF. The RAAF has ordered a total of 12 P-8As.The U.K. Royal Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air Force are procuring nine and five, respectively. The Indian Navy has received eight P-8I Neptune versions through commercial sales and has ordered four more.