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Jack Richardson 

The US Navy has received its 100th P8A POSEIDON from Boeing at a time when the global fleet, which also includes the Indian Navy, the Australian and UK Air Forces, approaches 300,000 flight hours of hunting submarines and providing aerial reconnaissance capabilities around the world.

“We’re honoured by the Navy’s faith and confidence in our employees and the P8 system,” said Stu Voboril, Vice President and Programme Manager. “Our focus has been, and will be, on delivering the world’s best maritime patrol aircraft, bar none.”

The P8 is a proven long-range multi-mission Maritime Patrol Aircraft, capable of broad-area, maritime and coastal operations. A military derivative of the Boeing 737 Next-Generation, the P8 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the battle space. The aircraft delivered yesterday is the 94th mission-capable airplane to enter the U.S. Navy fleet, with six additional jets used as Engineering Manufacturing Development test aircraft. The 100th fully-operational delivery is scheduled for later this year whilst Boeing has also delivered 12 jets to the Royal Australian Air Force, two to the UK’s Royal Air Force and eight P8Is to the Indian Navy. Multiple U.S. Navy squadrons have deployed with the P-8 while the Indian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force are conducting missions with the P-8 as well.