The US Navy (USN) has taken delivery of its 100th Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

The company notes that this is the 94th mission capable aircraft, with six jets earmarked as test examples.

US Navy P-8A Poseidon

Source: Boeing

The 100th P-8A Poseidon built for the US Navy departs Boeing Field

“We’re honoured by the navy’s faith and confidence in our employees and the P-8 system,” says 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.”

Boeing adds that the 737NG-based type, which is also operated by Australia and India, has accumulated 300,000 flight hours.

In late March, the USN awarded Boeing a $1.5 billion contract for 18 P-8As. This comprised eight examples for the service, plus for the South Korean navy, and four for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

The P-8A features the fuselage of the 737-800 mated with the wing of the 737-900ER. It is in the process of replacing the Lockheed Martin P-3C Orions operating with the USN and other militaries.

In February, the UK Royal Air Force also welcomed its first of an eventual nine examples at its Kinloss base in Scotland.