Boeing, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and Lufthansa Technik signed agreements on 17 June that outline joint efforts to explore potential areas of collaboration in systems integration, training, support and sustainment work, which may lead to more definitive agreements should Germany select the P-8A POSEIDON as its next maritime surveillance aircraft.
“[The companies] will offer indigenous and cost-effective support, training and maintenance solutions that will bring the highest operational availability to the German Navy to fulfil [its] missions,” commented Dr Michael Haidinger, President of Boeing Germany, Central & Eastern Europe, Benelux & Nordics. “Our partnership with ESG and Lufthansa Technik is another testimony to who we are and how we operate in Germany. We are shaping meaningful and long-term industry partnerships that impact the local economy.”
The three companies have identified opportunities to collaborate in a number of areas, and will explore these in more detail, including training and simulation, cyber security, systems integration, certification, environmental compliance, communications systems, electronic attack and electronic protection systems, aircraft and engine sustainment, component support services, predictive maintenance analysis and logistics services.
"This cooperation agreement underlines once again that we take our responsibility seriously when it comes to ensuring urgently needed capabilities,” observed Christoph Otten, ESG CEO. “As Boeing's strategic partner for the P-8A POSEIDON fleet [and] a long-standing partner of the German Bundeswehr and Navy aviators, ESG stands ready with its proven core competencies, solutions, services and products, particularly in the areas of systems integration, aviation certification, and secure communication systems.”
Lufthansa Technik has a long history in technical support of Boeing aircraft around the world. In addition, under Boeing’s Performance-Based Logistics program, the company also provides hardware support to the Italian fleet of KC-767A tankers, and has facilitated outstanding aircraft availability for the Italian Air Force.
“Lufthansa and Lufthansa Technik are partners with Boeing for more than 60 years. The companies know and value each other. This partnership is an excellent starting point for us to provide technical support at the highest level for this new aircraft, should our long-standing customer, the German Bundeswehr, procure [the] P-8A,” added Michael von Puttkamer, Head of Special Aircraft Services for Lufthansa Technik.
The P-8A POSEIDON offers unique multi-mission aircraft capability, and is the only aircraft in service and in production able to meet the full range of maritime challenges faced by European nations. With the P-8A, Germany will be able to leverage full integration and interoperability with NATO nations. Additionally, the aircraft offers significant capability to meet Germany’s collective defence obligations as part of its NATO membership and commitment to EU defence and security, including the maritime domain.
Other German companies that already supply components to the POSEIDON programme include Aljo Aluminium-Bau Jonuscheit GmbH and Nord-Micro GmbH.