Germany became the eighth customer of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft on September 28, 2021.
The US Navy has awarded Boeing a contract to produce five P-8A Poseidon aircraft for Germany, with first deliveries scheduled for 2024. The Poseidon will eventually replace the German fleet of P-3C Orion aircraft.
“We are delighted to have finalized this sale to Germany and to expand our presence in the country by bringing the P-8A and its unique multi-mission capabilities to the German Navy,” said Michael Hostetter, Vice President , Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Germany. âThe P-8 will ensure the capability of the German Navy to perform long-range maritime surveillance missions and will play a central role in the region by taking advantage of existing infrastructure in Europe and full interoperability with the most advanced assets of NATO. “
German industry is an essential partner of the P-8A Poseidon program. By working with local partners, Boeing will provide support, training and maintenance solutions that will bring the highest operational readiness to fulfill German Navy missions. On June 17, Boeing signed agreements with ESG Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH and Lufthansa Technik AG to collaborate on systems integration, training and maintenance work. German companies that currently supply parts for the P-8A include Aircraft Philipp Group GmbH, Aljo Aluminum-Bau Jonuscheit GmbH, and Nord-Micro GmbH.
“With strategic agreements and industrial partnerships already in place, we are poised to provide a robust sustainment package for the German Navy’s P-8A fleet,” said Dr Michael Haidinger, President of Boeing Germany, Europe Central and Eastern, Benelux and Nordic countries. âTogether with the German Navy, the Federal Ministry of Defense and local industry, we will ensure maximum operational readiness which will enable the German Navy to meet all of its maritime challenges. “
Deployed worldwide with more than 135 aircraft in service and more than 350,000 flight hours without collective incident, the P-8A will significantly advance Germany’s anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and search and rescue mission capabilities.
Germany is the eighth country to acquire the P-8A, joining the United States, Australia, India, United Kingdom, Norway, Korea and New Zealand.