P-8A Poseidon General
P-8A Poseidon
Anti-submarine warfare ac
Based On
Boeing 737-800

P-8A Poseidon Program Milestones
Contract received by Boeing
February 12, 2003
Formation Industry Team
November 13, 2003
Demonstration Tour
December 10, 2003
Proposal Indian Navy
April 13, 2006
200th P-A8 Live-Fire Shoot
October 22, 2007

P-8A Poseidon Aircraft Dimensions
Cross Section
12 feet 4 inch (3,76m)
Wing Span
123.6 feet (37,64 m)
Stabilo Span
47 feet 1 inch (14,35 m)
123.3 feet (37,59 m)
42 feet 1 inch (12,83 m)

P-8A Poseidon Weights
Maximum Taxi Weight
184,700 lb
Maximum Take-off Weight
Maximum Landing Weight
Maximum Zero Fuel Weight
138.300 lb
Max. Structural Payload
Max. Cargo
Usable Fuel
75,169 lb

Prices all variants (NG)
Boeing 737-600
47,0 - 55,0
Boeing 737-700
54,0 - 64,0
Boeing 737-800
66,0 - 75,0
Boeing 737-900ER
70,0 - 85,5
All Boeing 737 Variants
Boeing 737-100
Boeing 737-700ER

P-8A Poseidon General Information
The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft incorporates an advanced mission system for maximum interoperability in battle space. The P-8A Poseidon is capable of broad-area, maritieme, and littoral operations. Eventually, it is expected that the aircraft will influence how the U.S. Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance forces, train, deploy and operate.

The P-8A is derivative of the already succesful Next-Generation Boeing 737-800, and combines performance and reliability with an advanced mission system. It is being developed for the U.S. Navy by a Boeing-led industry team, which consists of CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, GE Aviation and Spirit AeroSystems. The U.S. Navy plans to operate a total of 108 P-8As in order to replace its fleet of P-3C aircraft. The first P-8A will be delivered in 2009 for flight testing while initial operational capability is slated for 2013. Besides the U.S. Navy, India is currently considering acquisition of the P-8I, which is a derivative of the P-8A designed specifically for the Indian Navy.

The aircraft is being build at the Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington. As the 737-800 serves as the baseline aircraft, the fuselage of the P-8A will be built in Wichita, Kansas, from where it is sent to Renton where final assembly of the aircraft takes place. Besides assembly, flight testing will be conducted from Renton Field while final installation and checkout of the mission system and special flight test instrumentation will be conducted at Boeing Field.


P-8A Poseidon
P-8A Poseidon
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P-8A Poseidon Design
The P-8A is powered by two CFM56-7 engines, manufactured by CFM International, which is a 50/50 joint company of Snecma Moteurs and General Electric Company. Each engine will provide 27,300 pounds of take-off thrust. The CFM56-7 is one of the world's most reliable engines, having logged more than 30 million flight hours while maintaining a 0.002 percent in-flight shut down rate per 1,000 hours of flight.

The electro-optical/infrared sensor will be provided by the Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector, together with the directional infrared countermeasures system, and the electronic support measures system. Besides this, Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector will develop data links for the P-8A. Planning effort will be supported by the company's Integrated Systems sector.

Raytheon will be the provider of an upgraded APS-137 Maritime Surveillance Radar and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) solutions. They furthermore offer its revolutionary GPS Anti-Jam, Integrated Friend or Foe, and Towed Decoy Self-Protection suites, and the aircraft's Broadcast Info System (BIS) and secure UHF Satcom capability.

Flight Management and Stores Management systems on the P-8A will be provided by GE Aviation. The Flight Management System provides integrated open architecture that is CNS/ATM compatible along with an inherent growth path for upgrades. The Stores Management System provides a comprehensive system for the electronic control of integrated weapons management.

Spirit AeroSystems is the newest member of the industry team building the P-8A. The company formally joined the team in August 2007 and is responsible for building the aircraft's fuselage and airframe tail.

P-8A Poseidon
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