This First LRIP Contract Also Includes Spares, Logistics And
The U.S. Navy announced today the award of a $1.6 billion
contract to Boeing for P-8A Poseidon aircraft Low-Rate Initial
Production (LRIP) of six aircraft. This first LRIP contract also
includes spares, logistics and training devices. Production of the
first LRIP aircraft will begin this summer at Boeing's Renton,
"In 2004, the U.S. Navy and the Boeing Company made a commitment
to deliver the next generation maritime patrol and reconnaissance
aircraft to support a 2013 Initial Operational Capability (IOC),"
said Capt. Mike Moran, PMA 290 Program Manager. "This contract and
these aircraft keep that commitment on track."
Three of the six flight test aircraft, built as part of the
System Development and Demonstration contract awarded to Boeing in
2004, are in various stages of testing at Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, Md. The Integrated Test Team has conducted sonobuoy
releases and counter measures deployments.
Recently, one of two static test planes completed full scale
testing on the P-8A airframe. The first static test aircraft
underwent 154 different tests with no failure of the primary
structure. The second aircraft will begin fatigue testing this
year. The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 117 production P-8A aircraft
to replace its P-3 Fleet. IOC is planned for 2013 at NAS