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Boeing unveils P-8A Poseidon for the U.S. Navy

Boeing and the U.S. Navy unveiled the Navy’s newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, at a ceremony in Renton, Wash.

The P-8A is a derivative of the Next Generation 737-800.

Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita builds the plane’s fuselage.

The P-8A is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft that’s capable of broad area, maritime operations.

The plane replaces the Navy’s P-3C Orion.

Formal flight testing will begin later this year. The Navy plans to buy 117 P-8As. Initial operational capability is plan