Germany will acquire the P-8 patrol aircraft and finally leave the Airbus option behind

The German Ministry of Defense, like the UK and Norway, has chosen to equip itself with the Boeing P-8A Poseidon multifunctional maritime patrol aircraft, an expensive but effective solution to multiple threats, from submarines to US operations. called the gray area.

On March 12, the US State Department released the authorization to sell military material or foreign military (FMS) for 5 P-8A and the corresponding logistical support for Germany. The operation, valued at approximately $ 1,770 million, was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which, in addition to being posted on its website, will conduct the appropriate certification for the United States Congress.

In addition, the DSCA describes the main equipment (mainly sensors) with which the German P-8As will be equipped, which, although operated by the German Navy or the German Navy, will be a central element of action of the German Defense Ministry in the field like intelligence services , Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Its advanced sensors and weapons allow it to carry out a wide range of missions, such as anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface (anti-surface war / ASuW), conventional sea patrol and prohibition.

With this operation, Germany is concluding the cooperation options with Airbus Defense & Space (DS), at least in the medium term, in order to equip itself with a maritime patrol aircraft or a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) such as the C295 version for this capacity. for the Spanish Air Force.

According to the DSCA, the sale supports the United States’ foreign and national security policy within the framework of NATO. The P-8As will allow the German Navy to replace its current fleet of Lockheed Martin P-3C Orin (which it acquired second-hand from the Netherlands), which is at the end of its service life, and is expected to be decommissioned in 2024. With the new Poseidons, the Germans are equipped with a state-of-the-art MSA (Maritime Surveillance Aircraft) system with which they can respond to different needs over the next 30 years.

The prime contractor for the operation will be the Boeing Company, who will build it at their Seattle facility, though the Department of Defense is officially acquiring the system from the United States Navy or the US Navy. (Julio Maz Sanz).

Photo: One of the US Navy P-8As in the landing phase. (Photo Darren Koch)

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