Germany signed a letter of offer and acceptance on 30 June for five Boeing P-8A POSEIDON maritime patrol aircraft under a Foreign Military Sales contract.

With this order, which MON understands to be valued in the region of $1.77 billion (€1.5 billion), Germany becomes the eighth customer for the multi-mission maritime surveillance aircraft, joining Australia, Norway, India, Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. “We will continue to work with the US government, the German government and industry to establish a robust sustainment package that will ensure the German Navy’s P-8A fleet is mission ready,” commented Michael Hostetter, Boeing Defense, Space & Security VP in Germany.

The P-8A POSEIDON offers unique multi-mission capability and is the only aircraft in service and production that meets the full range of maritime challenges faced by European nations. With over 130 aircraft in service worldwide, and over 300,000 collective flight hours, the P-8A is vital to global ASW, ISR and SAR operations.

Bringing this capability to Germany is not possible without the contributions of German industry,” explained Dr Michael Haidinger, President of Boeing Germany, Central & Eastern Europe, Benelux and the Nordics. “With the P-8A, we will expand our collaboration with German companies, create new jobs and contribute to long-term local economic growth.”

German companies already supplying parts to the programme include Aljo Aluminum-Bau Jonischeit GmbH and Nord-Micro GmbH. Recently, Boeing signed agreements with ESG Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH and Lufthansa Technik to collaborate in systems integration, training, support and sustainment work. By working with local suppliers, Boeing will provide support, training and maintenance solutions that will bring the highest operational availability to fulfil the German Navy’s missions.

Germany’s maritime awareness and security will be anhanced once the fleet of five P-8As enters service. (Photo: Boeing)

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