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P-8 Poseidon (USA)

The P-8 Poseidon is a new US Navy long-range aircraft for anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The P-8 was developed on the basics of the Boeing 737-800ERX (next-generation). On June 14 2004, Boeing was awarded by the US Navy with a contract for the delivery of the P-8 Poseidon as the successor of the current P-3 Orion fleet.
The fuselages of the new build P-8's are being build by the American company Spirit AeroSystems.

In 2009, India decided to purchase 8 P-8 maritime aircraft for the Indian Navy (2.1 billion dollars). The first P-8 will be delivered in 2013, while the other 7 aircraft in 2015. India is the first export customer for the P-8.

The P-8 is/comes in service with:

0. Total
1. Verenigde Staten
2. Australië
3. India

4. Norway
5. Saudi-Arabia
6. South-Korea
7. United-Kingdom

0. Total

Operator Aangeschaft
United States  
Australia 12+3
India 12x P-8I
Norway 5x P-8A
Saudi-Arabia 4-6x P-8A
South-Korea 6x P-8A
United Kingdom 9x P-8A

1. United States
The United States has a requirement for 108 aircraft. The first 37 aircraft will be delivered according the 5-years plan (february-2008) as follows:
- 0 in 2009
- 6 in 2010
- 8 in 2011
- 10 in 2012
- 13 in 2013

USN P-8 (Le Bourget, France, June 2019)
P-8 met USN kleuren P-8 P-8

7. United-Kingdom

The UK ordered 9 P-8A's at the USG. The first P-8 was delivered
in october 2019 to the British Royal Air Force. The P-8's will be stationed with 120 squadron at Lossiemouth Air Force Base.


Type P-8
Popular name Poseidon
Versions P-8A, P-8I
Project name  
Design organisation Boeing BDS
Main secundary design organisations Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, CFM International, GE Aviation, Spirit Aerosystems
Production organisaton The Boeing Company, Seattle, USA
Primary task Anti-submarine warfare en surface warfare
Type aircraft narrow-body airplane
Length 39.47 meters
Height 12.83 meters
Wingspan 37.64 meters
Wing surface  
Aspect ratio  
Sweep back  
Engines 2x CFM56-7B
Thrust 27,000 lb each engine
Weight (empty)  
Weight (start, maximum, MTOW) 85,820 kgs
Weight (landing, maximum, MLW)  
Required runway length (start)  
Required runway length (landing)  
Cruise speed  
Maximum speed 907 km/h
Ceiling 13 km / 41,000 ft
Maximum range 7,242 km
Fuel capacity  
Air-to-air-refueling capability  
Armament Possible combination of:

- Torpedos
- Cruise missiles
- Bombs
- Mines
- AGM-84 Harpoon
Maximum weapon load  
Maximum G resistance  
Radar AN/APY-10 (Raytheon)
Avionics Link 11
Link 16
Type flight controls  
Landing gear  
Manufactured 100 (April 2018)
9 (April 2011)
Crew 9
Costs 205 million dollar (FY 2012)
218.9 million dollar (FY 2014)
Overall flight hours  
First flight 25 April 2009
First delivery 4 march 2012
Operational since  
Successor of P-3 Orion
Replaced by n.a.
Comparable aircraft  
Operators (current and future) United States, Australia, India, Norway, Saudi-Arabia, South-Korea, United-Kingdom
Main operators United States Navy
Amphibious usage No
Status In production, in operational use

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Last updated: 2 January 2020