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.