One of the U.S. Navy’s new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft is flying out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.
The aircraft is still in the development phase, with several aircraft flying tests out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Boeing, which builds the planes based on a modified 737-800 design, received a $1.9 billion contract Sept. 21 for 11 more low-rate initial production aircraft. The new order makes a total of 24 Poseidons delivered or under contract. The Navy plans to buy a total of 117 P-8As.
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