Moffett Field


P-3 Orion


  Boeing P-8 Poseidon
On June 14, 2004 Boeing was awarded a $3.89 billion contract to develop the P-8 which is based on the 737-800.

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

The P-8A is being developed  by a Boeing-led industry team that consists of CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, GE Aviation and Spirit AeroSystems.


The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As to replace its fleet of P-3C aircraft. The first test aircraft began formal flight testing in late 2009. Initial operational capability is slated for 2013.

Boeing P-8a Poseidon "sub-hunter" video

P8 Poseidon Replaces P3 Orion video

Boeing P-8A Poseidon first flight video

Poseidon Links

Boeing P-8 Poseidon Home Page

Naval Technology


Northrop Grumman

CFM International

Spirit AeroSystems

General Characteristics:
Two CFM56-7 engines providing 27,000 pounds thrust each Length: 129.5 feet (39.47 meters)
Wing Span:
123.6 feet (37.64 meters)
Height: 42.1 feet (12.83 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight: 189,700 pounds (85,139 kilograms) Speed: 490 knots (564 mi/h, 789 km/h)
1,200+ nautical miles, with 4 hours on station (1,381 miles, 2,222 kilometers)
41,000 feet (12,496 meters)



P-8A T1 Poseidon arriving at Pax River 2010