Boeing Signs $ 1.6 Billion Contract With US For Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The company will produce 11 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, which are used in intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and search and rescue missions.

Boeing announced this Thursday that it signed a contract of 1,600 million dollars with the United States Navy to produce eleven P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, which are used in information gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and search and rescue.

In a statement, the aeronautical manufacturer detailed that nine of these aircraft will be incorporated into the park of the US Navy, with which it has 128 under contract in total, and two to the Royal Australian Air Force, a collaborating partner of the joint P-8A program. with the one with 14.

“The P-8A continues to be a very important resource and these additional aircraft will help provide increased maritime patrol and reconnaissance capabilities to the fleet,” said Capt.Eric Gardner, program manager for the Office of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Program. the US Navy.

It is a military derivative of the Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft with the ability to detect and track submarines, and combines “the most advanced weapons system in the world with the cost advantages of the most popular commercial aircraft of all,” said the business.

The Defense, Space and Security division of Boeing has been one of the firm’s lifesavers in the last complicated year, marked by the coronavirus crisis and the accidents with the 737 MAX model, since it has provided stability while the demand for travel was at a standstill.

According to its most recent results, in 2020 Boeing had a record loss of 11.873 million dollars with a turnover of more than 58,000 million dollars, of which more than 26,000 corresponded to the defense area, where it has government contracts.

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