Boeing awarded contract for five German Poseidons

Boeing has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of five Lot 12 P-8A Poseidons for the government of Germany.

The US$756.6m fixed-price-incentive-fee modification to a previous contract was awarded to the US manufacturer by US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on September 27 and represents exercising of options on the earlier deal. First deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2024 and work on the contract is expected to be completed in February 2025.

The Poseidon will replace the German Navy's ageing fleet of Lockheed P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, which is operated by Nos 1 and 2 Staffel of Marinefliegergeschwader 3 (MFG-3, Naval Aviation Squadron 3) at Nordholz. The Orions are scheduled to be withdrawn from service in 2025.

Impression of German Navy P-8A
An artist's impression of a Boeing P-8A Poseidon in German Navy markings. Boeing

Michael Hostetter, vice president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security in Germany, said: “We’re pleased to have finalized this sale to Germany and to expand our footprint in-country by bringing the P-8A and its unique multi-mission capabilities to the German Navy. The P-8 will ensure the German Navy’s ability to perform long-range maritime surveillance missions and will play a pivotal role in the region by leveraging existing infrastructure in Europe and full interoperability with NATO’s most advanced assets.”

Boeing notes that German industry is a critical partner with the P-8A Poseidon programme. By working with local partners, Boeing will provide support, training and maintenance solutions that will bring the highest operational availability to fulfill the German Navy’s missions. On June 17, Boeing signed agreements with ESG Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH and Lufthansa Technik AG to collaborate in systems integration, training and sustainment work. German companies that currently supply parts for the P-8A include Aircraft Philipp Group GmbH, Aljo Aluminium-Bau Jonuscheit GmbH and Nord-Micro GmbH.

Dr. Michael Haidinger, president of Boeing Germany, Central & Eastern Europe, Benelux and Nordics, said: “With strategic agreements and industry partnerships already in place, we stand ready to deliver a robust sustainment package for the German Navy’s P-8A fleet. Together with the German Navy, the Federal Ministry of Defense and local industry, we will ensure maximum operational availability that will allow the German Navy to meet the full range of its maritime challenges.”

Deployed around the world with more than 135 aircraft in service, and over 350,000 collective mishap free flight hours, Boeing believes that the P-8A will significantly advance Germany’s anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and search-and-rescue mission capabilities. Germany is the eighth nation to have acquired the P-8A, joining the United States, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, Norway, Korea and New Zealand.