Boeing has secured a $3.4 billion production contract from the US Navy (USN) covering P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for Canada and Germany.

Overall, the contract covers 17 examples, of which 14 are for Canada’s air force and three for Germany’s navy, says Boeing.

P-8A Canada

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Canada will take its first P-8A in 2026

In November 2023 Ottawa announced that the P-8A would replace its fleet of Lockheed Martin CP-140 Auroras – the local designation for the P-3 Orion.

Canada is expected to receive its first P-8A in 2026.

In November 2023, Germany’s BAAINBw federal procurement agency said it had signed a €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) contract with the USN for an additional three P-8As, taking to eight its total commitment for the US-built type.

Germany will take its first P-8A this year.

For both customers Boeing has teamed with local industry to support the acquisition and operation of P-8s.

P-8A Germany

Source: Boeing

Germany will take its first P-8A this year

“Our global customers require proven advanced capabilities to protect their countries – the P-8 provides that defense,” says Vince Logsdon, vice-president, international business development for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Global Services.

“Together with our partners, we look forward to delivering this unmatched capability in addition to significant industrial benefits for Canada’s and Germany’s aerospace and defense industries.”