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
Range: 4,500 miles/7,242km