Boeing signs partner deals for potential German P-8A acquisition

Boeing signed agreements with ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik and Lufthansa Technik that outline joint efforts to explore potential areas of collaboration in systems integration, training, support and sustainment work.

The signed memorandum of understanding may lead to more definitive agreements should Germany select the P-8A Poseidon as its next maritime surveillance aircraft, according to a June 17 Boeing release.

German P-8A mock-up
The P-8A Poseidon aircraft is a contender for a number of potential requirements, including Germany. Boeing

“Together with ESG and Lufthansa Technik, we will offer indigenous and cost-effective support, training and maintenance solutions that will bring the highest operational availability to the German Navy to fulfil their missions,” said Michael Haidinger, president of Boeing Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, Benelux and Nordics.

Boeing, ESG and Lufthansa Technik have identified opportunities to collaborate in a number of areas and will explore these in more detail, including training and simulation, cyber security, systems integration, certification, environmental compliance, communications systems, electronic attack and electronic protect systems, aircraft and engine sustainment, component support services, predictive maintenance analysis and logistics services.

Lufthansa Technik has a history in technical support of Boeing airplanes around the world. In addition, under Boeing’s Performance-Based Logistics programme, Lufthansa Technik also provides hardware support to the Italian Air Force fleet of Boeing KC-767A tankers.

Other German companies that already supply components to the P-8A Poseidon include Aljo Aluminium-Bau Jonuscheit and Nord-Micro.