Poseidon looks to capture maritime patrol market

The P-8A Poseidon could become the dominant maritime patrol aircraft among NATO and key allied states; commonality bringing benefits to sustainment and interoperability. However, questions remain as to whether a lack of competition and variety could hinder operational effectiveness

Announced recently, Germany looks set to become the fourth NATO customer for Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft, with an announcement on June 30, 2021, that the country’s Bundestag had signed letters of offer and acceptance (LOA) with the US government for five aircraft.

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The US Navy has received 108 of the 128 Poseidons under its current programme of record but has a future requirement for an additional ten aircraft. Nigel Pittaway

Although it is yet to become a firm order, the German decision underscores the proliferation of the P-8A among high-end anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and maritime surveillance operators within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

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