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An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solution

The P-8 is an aircraft designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It is capable of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. It is also effective at humanitarian and search and rescue missions. A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the P-8 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space.

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Feature Stories

First Boeing P-8A Poseidon for United Kingdom takes flight

First Boeing P-8A Poseidon for United Kingdom takes flight

July 23, 2019 in Defense

First of nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft completes assembly and makes its first flight. Next stop: addition of military systems.

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P-8 hits 100 milestone

P-8 hits 100 milestone

October 12, 2018 in Defense

Employees and customers celebrate the completion of the 100th P-8 aircraft, the first derivative to use in-line production.

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First P-8A Poseidon Arrives in Australia

First P-8A Poseidon Arrives in Australia

November 17, 2016 in Defense

This is the first of eight Australian P-8As under contract with Boeing as part of a cooperative program with the U.S. Navy. Four additional Poseidons have been approved and funded by the Australian government.

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The Rollout of the First Australian P-8A

The Rollout of the First Australian P-8A

September 30, 2016 in Defense

The first P-8A Poseidon for the Royal Australian Air Force was rolled out Sept. 27. It's the first of eight aircraft the Australian Government will receive under the first contract.

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The P-8A: From Fuselage to First Flight

The P-8A: From Fuselage to First Flight

September 30, 2016 in Defense

Like all P-8 aircraft, the P-8A gets its start as a Boeing Commercial 737 and then receives various military systems and sensors before being delivered to the customer.

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P-8A Poseidon at Farnborough International Air Show 2016

P-8A Poseidon at Farnborough International Air Show 2016

July 13, 2016 in Defense, Commercial

Boeing celebrates 100 years with a high-flying agenda and a special pavilion showcasing the company's history and future.

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P-8 Technical Specifications

Propulsion Two CFM56-7 engines providing 27,000 lbf thrust each
Length 129.5 ft (39.47 m)
Wing Span 123.6 ft (37.64 m)
Height 42.1 ft (12.83 m)
Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight 189,200 lbs (85,820 kg)

P-8 Customers

Boeing took its Next-Generation 737-800 and adapted it for the United States Navy and the Indian Navy. The United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force currently fly the P-8A Poseidon variant; the Indian Navy flies the P-8I variant. The United Kingdom and Norway have also selected the P-8A as their future maritime patrol aircraft.

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P-8 Quick Facts

  • For the P-8, Boeing uses a first-in-industry in-line production system that leverages the best of Boeing Commercial and Boeing Defense for development and production.
  • The P-8 can fly up to 41,000 feet and travel up to 490 knots. 
  • P-8 offers higher reliability – the 737 has a 99.8 percent dispatch rate, with more than 4,000 aircraft flying, and 6,600+ orders.
  • The P-8 is engineered for 25 years/25,000 hours in the harshest maritime flight regimes, including extended operations in icing environments.
  • The P-8 can fly in all flight regimes, and can self-deploy up to 4,500 miles from base without refueling.
  • Dual CFM-56B commercial engines each provide 27,000 pounds of thrust, greatly enhancing climb and flight characteristics over turboprop equipped aircraft.
  • Each engine is equipped with a 180KVA engine driven generator.  Combined with the 90KVA commercial APU, this provides 450KVA of power. P-8 possesses significant growth capacity for equipment with excess onboard power and cooling capacity.
  • P-8 has twice the sonobuoy processing capability and can carry 30 percent more sonobuoys than any maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft currently flying.
  • P-8 has the ability to control unmanned air vehicles (level 2 control-receive) to extend sensor reach.
  • P-8 offers commonality with 737 fleet and other military platforms that use the 737 airframe.