Aviation

August 15, 2014

Boeing wins contract for 12 more P-8A surveillance aircraft

Spirit AeroSystems builds the planes’ fuselage for Boeing.

Boeing has won a contract to build 12 additional P-8A surveillance aircraft for the Navy and for the government of Australia, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

The advance acquisition contract is worth $295.6 million.

The work is expected to be completed by April 2018, the DOD said.

The contract combines the purchase from the Navy, which is responsible for $152 million or 51 percent of the contract, and the government of Australia under a cooperative agreement.

The P-8A is based on a Boeing 737 commercial jetliner.

The work will benefit Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, which builds the plane’s fuselage and other structures.

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

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