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Boeing wins contract for 13 P-8A aircraft

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.

Boeing has won a $2billion contract from the Navy for another 13 P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft, the Department of Defense announced.

The contract runs through April 2016 and includes 13 planes and 13 mission equipment sets.

It’s the fourth phase of P-8A production and brings the total number of P-8As on contract with the Navy to 37.

The next round is expected to be for another 16 planes.

The Navy plans to procure 117 P-8As in all for use in maritime patrol and reconnaissance. They will replace the Navy’s aging fleet of P-3 aircraft.

Nine P-8As have been delivered, according to the Navy.

The P-8A uses Boeing’s 737 commercial aircraft as its platform.

Spirit AeroSystems is a major supplier on the program. It builds the plane’s fuselage in Wichita.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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