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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Boeing recently confirmed that it has a backlog for production of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft that will keep the production line running till 2025 and with no fresh order being cracked this year from new or existing customers it will be difficult to maintain the current production line in Renton, Washington outside of Seattle for the aircraft beyond 2025.

Germany was the last customer that placed orders in 2021 and the aircraft destined for Germany will be ready in 2024 and delivered in 2025. Talks are ongoing with Canada and India for fresh orders, Canada being a new customer, India’s plans to procure Six more P-8s over 12 that are already delivered was canceled last year due to preference now being given to DRDO developed MMMR Suite designed for Coastguard and Navy.

P-8 is based on a Boeing 737NG airframe, with 86% commonality that has been used for anti-submarine warfare, maritime search and rescue, as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. India was the first export customer of the P-8I Neptune that had Indian-specific enhancements and systems.

Boeing has secured orders for 183 aircraft bringing the total number of P-8s delivered till now to the worldwide operator is 150 units with pending deliveries left for 16 to US Navy, 5 for Germany, 6 for South Korea, and 4 for New Zealand.

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