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SINGAPORE: Boeing pursues P-8 Poseidon refinements

Boeing has made several updates about its P-8 Poseidon programme, as it pursues further refinements for the platform.

Speaking to media during a programme update briefing at the Singapore air show, Matt Carreon, head of global sales and marketing for Boeing Defence, Space and Security, listed over four updates that the manufacturer will implement on the P-8.

Updates include a sixth workstation for all newly built P-8s, up from the current five, thereby improving operational capability.

The US Navy has also requested Boeing to make enhancements to the anti-submarine warfare aircraft to operate at a higher altitude.

Although Carreon did not specify the figure, he says that having a higher operating altitude would allow the P-8 "to have less wear and tear" and to give the aircraft's radar further range.

Boeing adds that it is in the process of replacing the Defence Satellite Communications Systems and Global Broadcast Service with a Wideband Global satellite communications system. This change will greatly improve bandwidth.

In addition, Carreon says that although the 737NG will eventually be replaced with the 737 Max, Boeing can continue manufacturing P-8s "as long as there is a demand".

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