Boeing announced that it will collaborate with Canadian industry partners to offer the P-8A Poseidon for Canada’s Multi-Mission Aircraft tender.
In its announcement, Boeing named the companies that make up Canada’s Team Poseidon: CAE, GE Aviation Canada, IMP Aerospace & Defence, KF Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace Canada and Raytheon Canada.
The American aircraft manufacturer first offered the P-8A Poseidon to Canada in early 2022 in response to Canada’s Request for Information (RFI) for long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force fleet of CP-140 Aurora aircraft.
Meet Canada’s Team Poseidon! Together with our industry partners, we will deliver a strong, proven and capable #P8 solution for ‘s multi-mission aircraft requirement.— Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) June 1, 2022
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If chosen, It is hoped that the P-8A Poseidon will improve Canada’s capability to defend its northern and maritime borders while ensuring interoperability with NORAD and NATO allies. The P-8A Poseidon offers advanced anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and search and rescue capability, and is the only in-service, in-production multi-mission aircraft that meets all CMMA requirements.
Built on the proven 737 Next-Generation airframe, P-8’s 86% commonality with more than 4,000 in-service 737NGs delivers lower life-cycle sustainment costs due to large economies of scale. It can also operate on a 50% blend of sustainable aviation fuel.
“The P-8A Poseidon offers a unique opportunity for the Royal Canadian Air Force today in that all of the development costs have been paid by other P-8 customers,” director of international business development for mobility and surveillance aircraft for Boeing Defense, Space and Security Sean Liedman said in a statement.
“By its non-developmental nature, P-8 offers an affordable solution that will defend and protect Canadian security for future generations. With Canada at the forefront of cleaning and greening, it’s fitting that Team Poseidon is elevating long-term environmental sustainability as an integral part of national defense.”