(13 Apr 2021)
The first P-8A Poseidon fuselage for Norway arrived at Boeing facilities in Renton, Washington, from
Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday.
The delivery marks a major milestone
in the production of the first of five Poseidons for the Royal
Norwegian Air Force (Luftforsvaret).
A derivative of the Boeing 737
Next-Generation commercial aircraft, the P-8 is first assembled at
Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ 737 production line, where the
fuselage receives additional wiring and systems needed to support
military components, equipment and operation.
The aircraft is then
delivered to Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security unit for the
installation of military systems, testing and delivery to military
“Boeing uses a proven in-line production
process to efficiently build the aircraft,” said Christian
Thomsen, P-8A Europe program manager. “Implementing established
best practices and common, commercial production- system tools
enables the team to reduce flow time and cost while ensuring
quality and on-time delivery to our customers.”
expected to receive its first P-8 later this year. In total, five
P-8s will eventually replace Norway’s current fleet of six P-3 Orions and three DA-20 Jet Falcons and will provide advanced
capabilities to maintain situational awareness in neighboring
waters on and below the surface of the ocean.
Boeing has delivered 104 P-8 aircraft to the U.S. Navy and
customers in Australia, India and the United Kingdom.
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