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US State Department Clears $5.9 Billion Sale of P-8A Poseidon Aircrafts to Canada

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US State Department Clears $5.9 Billion Sale of P-8A Poseidon Aircrafts to Canada

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Canadian Government Requests Pricing for 16 Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircrafts
Royal Canadian Air Force ’s Multi Mission Aircraft Project (P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft).

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada of P-8A Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $5.9 billion. The prime contractor will be The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA. The Government of Canada has requested to buy up to sixteen (16) P-8A Patrol Aircraft; up to twenty-six (26) Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System 5 (MIDS JTRS 5); up to thirty-eight (38) Embedded Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGIs) for the LN-251; up to twenty-five (25) System Processor Replacements for AN/AAQ-24(V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) System Processor Replacement (LSPR) with Exelis Embedded GPS Receiver (EGR) integrated with SAASM; and up to twenty-two (22) Guardian Laser Transmitter Assemblies (GLTA) for the AN/AAQ-24(V)N.

Also included are commercial engines; Tactical Open Mission Software (TOMS); Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) MX-20HD; AN/AAQ-2 Acoustic System; AN/APY-10 Radar; AN/ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures; NexGen Missile Warning Sensors; AN/ARC-210 RT-2036(C) Radios; AN/PRC-117G Manpack Radios including MPE-S type II with SAASM 3.7; AN/ALQ-213 Electronic Countermeasures; AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispenser Systems; AN/UPX-43 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Interrogators; AN/APX-123A(V) IFF Digital Transponders; KIV-78 IFF Mode 4/5 Cryptographic Appliques; KIV-701A Cryptographic Core Modules; KY-100M, KY-58, KYV-5 for HF-121C radios; KG-175 Encryptor Network Convergence System; AN/PYQ-10 V3 Simple Key Loaders (SKL) with KOV-21 Cryptographic Appliques; Radiant Mercury Hardware and Software with ENTR(V)4 Receiver with Embedded Crypto for the Integrated Broadcast System (IBS); aircraft spares and spare engines.

Royal Canadian Air Force ’s Multi Mission Aircraft Project (P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft).
Royal Canadian Air Force ’s Multi Mission Aircraft Project (P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft). (Photo by Boeing)

The Boeing P-8 Poseidon is an American maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft developed and produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, and derived from the civilian Boeing 737-800. It was developed for the U.S. Navy. The P-8 operates in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles. It is armed with torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons, can drop and monitor sonobuoys, and can operate in conjunction with other assets, including the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The P-8 is a militarized version of the 737-800ERX, a 737-800 with 737-900-based wings. The P-8 features the Raytheon APY-10 multi-mission surface search radar; the P-8I features an international version of the APY-10. As of 16 May 2023, 160 P-8s have been delivered.

Boeing identified that the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of CP-140 Auroras (Canadian variant of the P-3 Orion) would begin to reach the end of their service life by 2025. In 2019, Canada announced the start of a project to replace its CP-140s, valued at greater than Can$5 billion and named “Canadian Multimission Aircraft Project”. The Canadian Armed Forces requirements call for a manned, long-range platform, capable of providing C4, ISR, and ASW with the ability to engage/control and to fully integrate with other ISR and ASW assets. In 2022, Boeing officially announced they would offer the P-8A in the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft project with CAE, GE Aviation Canada, IMP Aerospace & Defence, KF Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace Canada and Raytheon Canada. In March 2023, Canada announced the submission of a Letter of Request via the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program on the acquisition of up to 16 P-8As.

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