The 150th P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft rolled off the Boeing assembly line.
The number of P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft assembled by Boeing has reached 150 units, another aircraft rolled off the assembly line of the company and took off over Puget Sound in Washington state.
The new "anniversary" P-8A Poseidon will go to serve in the US Navy with deployment at the naval base aviation Patuxent River (Maryland). The aircraft will be part of the 1st Test and Evaluation Squadron of the US Navy. Before being handed over to the military, it will pass the necessary tests.
The transfer of the 100th P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the US Navy became known in May 2020. At that time it was reported that in service with the American fleet there are 94 P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft on duty in various regions of the world, another 6 aircraft are used as test aircraft for testing various new products. To date, the US Navy already has 112 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, 12 units were delivered to Australia and India, 9 are in service with the Royal Navy of Great Britain and 5 went to Norway.
P-8A Poseidon - a new generation patrol anti-submarine aircraft, created on the basis of the Boeing 737-800 passenger airliner. The aircraft is equipped with an AN / APS-137D (V) 5 airborne radar station and the AN / APY-10 radio intelligence system. In the internal compartment of the armament there are sonar buoys designed to detect submarines at great depths, free-falling and depth bombs, as well as Mark 54 torpedoes. Sidewinder air-to-air missiles (designed to protect the aircraft themselves) can also be mounted on the outer pylons of the aircraft and anti-ship missiles Harpoon.
In 2020, US Navy plans to rearm the P-8A Poseidon were reported. It was planned to equip the aircraft with LRASM anti-ship missiles, JDAM smart bombs, bottom mines from the Quickstrike family, a GBU-39 guided precision bomb, a BRU-55 bomb rack and a MALD decoy missile to protect the aircraft from anti-aircraft systems.