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Boeing declares supply of first P-8A Poseidon to Royal Air Drive

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U.S. aerospace large Boeing introduced the supply of the primary of 9 P-8A Poseidon, the latest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance plane, to the UK Royal Air Drive (RAF).

The UK is buying the multi-mission plane via the International Army Gross sales course of with the U.S. Navy. The P-8A Poseidon replaces the U.Ok.’s retired Nimrod plane.

Chatting with attendees on the supply ceremony, Air Marshal Andrew Turner, deputy commander for Functionality for the Royal Air Drive, spoke of the “profound problem” of enemy submarines threatening the U.Ok. and different nations. “P-Eight is the important thing to fixing this problem on the floor, the sub-surface and within the waters of the North Atlantic. There isn’t any place [for our enemies] to cover. We’ll make the oceans clear and we are going to prevail.”

Boeing formally delivered the plane on Oct. 29 to the U.S. Navy throughout a ceremony on the Boeing Army Supply Heart in Tukwila, Wash. From Tukwila, the plane flew to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, the place U.S. Navy leaders formally flip the plane over to the UK. At JAX, Royal Air Drive crew will work with the plane earlier than flying it to the UK in January 2020. All 9 P-8A plane will probably be based mostly at Lossiemouth, Scotland.

As a part of a collaborative program with the U.S. Navy, pilots and maintainers from the UK’s RAF have been stationed at Naval Air Station JAX since 2012. Referred to as “Challenge Seedcorn,” the association has allowed RAF members to fly the P-8A with Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), the Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet Alternative Squadron, to keep up their maritime patrol expertise upfront of receiving the P-8A.

The P-Eight is long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance plane able to broad-area, maritime and littoral operations.

The Poseidon is a multi-mission succesful substitute plane for the legacy P-3C Orion. It’s a militarized model of the Boeing 737 and utilized for a wide-array of missions. As well as, the P-Eight performs humanitarian and search and rescue missions across the globe.