Proliferation of the Poseidon

The P-8A Poseidon could become the dominant maritime patrol aircraft among NATO and key allied states; commonality bringing benefits to sustainment and interoperability. But will a lack of competition and variety hinder effectiveness, asks Nigel Pittaway

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
Nigel Pittaway

Germany is 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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