Boeing delivers 100th P-8A aircraft for US Navy

The US Navy has announced receipt of its 100th P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Boeing today as the global fleet approaches 300,000 flight hours of hunting submarines and providing aerial reconnaissance capabilities around the world, the Navy said.

The global fleet includes the Indian navy and the Australian and UK air forces.

The P-8 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 airplane, the P-8 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the battle space.

This 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.

Boeing has also delivered 12 jets to the Royal Australian Air Force, two to the U.K.´s Royal Air Force and eight P-8Is to the Indian Navy. Multiple US Navy squadrons have deployed with the P-8A Poseidon, and the Indian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force are conducting missions with the P-8 as well.