The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on 12 March of State Department approval for the sale of five P-8 aircraft and associated equipment and support in a sale estimated at $1.77 billion (€1.48 billion).

The German government has requested five P-8A aircraft, nine Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems 5 (MIDS JTRS 5); and 12 LN-251 with Embedded Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/Inertial Navigations Systems (EGls). Also included are commercial engines; Tactical Open Mission Software (TOMS); Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared MX-20HD; AN/ AAQ-2(V) I Acoustic System; AN/APY-10 radar; ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures; NexGen Missile Warning Sensors; AN/PRC-117G Manpack radios, including MPE-S type II with SAASM 3.7; Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 524D Precise Positioning System (PPS) for APY-10 Radar; AN/ALQ-213 Electronic Counter Measures; AN/ALE-47 Counter Measures Dispensing Systems; AN/UPX IFF Interrogators; APX-123A(C) IFF Digital Transponders; KIV-78 IFF Mode 5 Cryptographic Appliqués; CCM-701A Cryptographic Core Modules; KY-100M, KY-58, KYV-5 for HF-121C radios; AN/PYQ-10 V3 Simple Key Loaders (SKL) with KOV-21 Cryptographic Appliqués; aircraft and engine spares, and a wide array of support and training systems, documentation and engineering support services.

If the order is confirmed, Germany will become the third European operator of the type: the UK received its first POSEIDON aircraft in 2019 and Norway is scheduled to receive its first P-8A in 2022. The type will fill a critical gap for Germany, left by the scheduled retirement of the P-3CUP+ ORIONs, which have served since early 2016, when they were procured from the Netherlands to replace the ATLANTIQUE aircraft.

A P-8A in service with the Royal Air Force – the first European service to operate the type. (Photo: Crown copyright)

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