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Germany to acquire three more P-8A Poseidon aircraft

By Defence Industry Europe

The Budget Committee of the Bundestag approved a proposal to allocate financial resources for the purchase of an additional three Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, intended to strengthen the operational potential of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

This project is expected to be valued up to 1.1 billion EUR and will be implemented through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procedure. The issue of expanding the order was made public last year – at that time, it was assumed that Germany might eventually purchase up to twelve units. The first batch, with deliveries beginning in 2024, includes five aircraft. In the maritime aviation structures, the P-8A Poseidon will replace the currently used Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion.

 

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So far, in Europe, only the United Kingdom and Norway are operating the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. It cannot be ruled out that geopolitical changes will lead to an increase in purchases. Among potential customers, the Kingdom of the Netherlands is mentioned.

 

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As Boeing indicates, the global fleet of P-8 Poseidon aircraft, numbering over 160 units, has accumulated over 560,000 flight hours. They are currently operated by six countries around the world. Deliveries to a seventh country – the Republic of Korea – will commence soon. Additionally, the manufacturer is awaiting a contract for the production of sixteen units for Canada. Marketing efforts with federal authorities are ongoing, which may result in orders from additional countries.

 

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