The P-8A Poseidon multimission aircraft represents the most advanced airborne command and control capabilities and will serve as the future of maritime patrol and reconnaissance for decades to come. It is designed to serve as a long-range antisubmarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. As the Navy’s replacement platform for the P-3C Orion, the P-8A Poseidon is transforming how the Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance force is manned, trained, operated and deployed. The P-8A will provide more combat capability from a small force and less infrastructure while focusing on worldwide responsiveness and interoperability with traditional manned forces and evolving unmanned sensors.
The P-8A Poseidon is a modified Boeing 737-800ERX, bringing together a highly reliable airframe and high-bypass turbofan jet engine with a fully connected, state-of-the-art open architecture mission system. This combination, coupled with next-generation sensors, dramatically improves antisubmarine warfare and anti-surface warfare capabilities.
- Open mission system architecture: a reconfigurable and expandable system facilitating easier, more affordable upgrades.
- Sensors: active multistatic and passive acoustic sensor system, inverse synthetic aperture/synthetic aperture radar, new electronic support measures system, new electro-optical/infrared sensor, digital magnetic anomaly detector.
- Nine-person crew: dual-pilot cockpit, five mission crew (plus relief pilot and in-flight technician). Workstations with universal multifunction displays, ready accommodation for additional workstation, workload sharing.
- Lethality: internal five-station weapons bay, four wing pylons and two centerline pylons, all supported by digital stores management allowing for carriage of joint missiles, torpedoes and mines. Search stores: rotary reloadable, pneumatically controlled sonobuoy launcher.