P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft to the U.S. Navy. This aircraft is the first of 13 anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft will deliver as part of a low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract awarded in 2011. The aircraft was flown to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it will be used for aircrew training.has delivered the first production
Along with production aircraft, theteam also has built and is testing six flight-test and two ground-test aircraft. The flight-test aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and have completed more than 1,500 flight hours. The Navy plans to purchase 117 737-based aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet. Initial operational capability is planned for 2013.
A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, theis built by a -led industry team that includes CFM International, , , Spirit AeroSystems, and GE Aviation. The team is using a first-in-industry in-line production process that draws on ’s Next-Generation 737 production system. All P-8A-unique aircraft modifications are made in sequence during fabrication and assembly.