Boeing Adds Spirit AeroSystems to P-8A Industry Team
ST. LOUIS.- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Spirit AeroSystems has joined its P-8A Poseidon industry team, which is developing the U.S. Navy’s next-generation, long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.
Spirit will build the 737 aircraft’s fuselage and airframe tail sections and struts in Wichita, Kan. After completion, Spirit will ship the components to Boeing facilities in Renton, Wash., for final assembly and introduction of mission-specific systems.
“We are pleased to welcome Spirit to the P-8A industry team,” said Bob Feldmann, Boeing vice president and P-8A program manager. “Spirit does great work on our company’s commercial aircraft, and they will be a key contributor as we build and deliver this transformational aircraft to the warfighter.”
“Spirit is proud to be part of the P-8A team and is committed to the program’s success,” said Buck Buchanan, Spirit AeroSystems vice president/general manager, Fuselage Structures and Systems. “The structures we will deliver all have customer-unique features installed in the standard commercial line. This allows the lowest possible cost and shortest flow to the customer since our standard processes are used rather than relying on traditional techniques of modifying military planes after delivery.”
The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 108 P-8As to replace its fleet of P-3C aircraft. Boeing will deliver the first aircraft for flight test in 2009, with initial operational capability slated for 2013.
The P-8A is capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the P-8A combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battlespace.
The Boeing-led P-8A team also includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Smiths Aerospace.
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