Boeing receives second P-8A low-rate production contract from the Navy

Boeing has  received a $1.7 billion low-rate initial production contract from the U.S. Navy for seven P-8A Poseiden maritime surveillance aircraft.

The Navy plans to buy 117 of the planes, which are based on Boeing’s 737 commercial airliner. The contract will benefit Spirit AeroSystems, which builds the 737 fuselage for Boeing.

The P-8A is an anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft that will replace the Navy’s P-3 Orion fleet.

The award includes money for spares, logistics and training devices. Boeing will also provide aircrew and maintenance training for the Navy beginning in 2012. The training system will include a full-motion, full-visual operational flight trainer that simulates the flight deck and a weapons tactics trainer for mission crew training.