How The P-8A Poseidon Will Protect The UK

The Boeing P-8A Poseidon will become the RAF’s new maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). Based on the Boeing 737-800 airliner, the contract to develop the P-8 for the US military was granted in 2004, and the first Poseidon flew in 2009. The US Navy began operating the P-8 in 2013 and variations of the aircraft are in service with the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Nine P-8A Poseidons will eventually operate from RAF Lossiemouth from 2020. The aircraft being delivered to the RAF will be equipped with a range of search and tracking systems. The Poseidons will be based at RAF Lossiemouth Boeing P-8A Poseidon

Height: 42ft/13m

Length: 130ft/40m

Wingspan: 123ft/37m

Speed: 490kt/907kmh

Range: 4,500 miles/7,242km

Ceiling: 41,000ft

(Source: RAF)

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