Nov. 18, 2013 FG
One of the most sophisticated derivatives of the Boeing 737 ever flown is making its international show debut this week, with the US Navy’s new P-8A being put through its paces during the daily flying display.
Derived from the commercial 737-800 and equipped for maritime patrol, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare roles, the P-8A is in production for the US service under a 117-aircraft programme. Twelve have been handed over so far, with initial operating capability scheduled for late this year.
Boeing has so far secured one international buyer for the development, with the Indian navy having just received its second of eight P-8Is on order. Australia has also shown strong interest in the type as a Lockheed Martin P-3 replacement.